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Plan for radical changes
Jacek Kuroń Social activist
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Myśmy mieli plan oczywiście. Plan, który polegał na tym, właściwie był powtórzeniem naszego planu październikowego. Był to taki plan, że się przejmuje ZMS uniwersytecki, że się robi uniwersytety robotnicze, kontakty z zakładami, taki front młodzieży studenckiej i robotniczej z programem zasadniczych, radykalnych, już tym razem bardzo radykalnych przemian, bo już ładu demokratycznego, opartego na pluralizmie. Wszystko to takie właśnie było, proletariacka rewolucja, socjalizm, bo to była dla nas droga do socjalizmu. Demokracja robotnicza myśmy mówili, rady robotnicze przede wszystkim, cała władza w ręce rad, taką to rewolucję chcieliśmy tutaj robić. I najzabawniejsze... a w tym czasie właśnie do akcji szli partyzanci, ekipa Mietka Moczara.

We had a plan, of course. It was a plan which really was a repeat of the plan we had in October. The plan was that we took over the university ZMS, set up worker's universities, made contact with factories, created a student-worker's front with a programme of basic, radical, this time, very radical transformations of the democratic order based on pluralism. It was all a proletarian revolution, socialism, because for us this was the way leading to socialism. We called it worker's democracy, worker's committees above all, all the authority was in the hands of the committees, that was the kind of revolution we wanted to start here. The funniest thing... at the same time, the partisans were swinging into action, Mietek Moczar's team.

The late Polish activist, Jacek Kuroń (1934-2004), had an influential but turbulent political career, helping transform the political landscape of Poland. He was expelled from the communist party, arrested and incarcerated. He was also instrumental in setting up the Workers' Defence Committee (KOR) and later became a Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

Listeners: Marcel Łoziński Jacek Petrycki

Film director Marcel Łoziński was born in Paris in 1940. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź in 1971. In 1994, he was nominated for an American Academy Award and a European Film Academy Award for the documentary, 89 mm from Europe. Since 1995, he has been a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Art and Science awarding Oscars. He lectured at the FEMIS film school and the School of Polish Culture of Warsaw University. He ran documentary film workshops in Marseilles. Marcel Łoziński currently lectures at Andrzej Wajda’s Master School for Film Directors. He also runs the Dragon Forum, a European documentary film workshop.

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Tags: ZMS, Mieczysław Moczar

Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: 1987

Date story went live: 12 June 2008