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Robotnik for different groups of workers


NOWa, an Independent Publishing House, is formed
Jacek Kuroń Social activist
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"NOWA" ruszyła. Hoj właśnie ruszył "NOWĄ" – Niezależną Oficynę Wydawniczą – i zaczęto wydawać książki. To był niewątpliwie wielki przełom. Już jakieś wcześniej broszurki tam myśmy w KOR-ze wydali, ale książki zaczęła wydawać "NOWA" właśnie już w czasach KSS KOR. Do najważniejszych takich najbardziej... który najbardziej zaowocował potem to było, to był Robotnik. Pamiętam jak oni do mnie przyszli: Heniek Wójec, Janek Nidyjski, Wojtek Myszkiewicz... już nie pamiętam, parę osób. Mówili mi jaki to mają pomysł z tym Robotnikiem, że chcą wydawać pismo dla robotników popularne, zrozumiałe, takie które by wnosiło poważną problematykę, które by kształtowało takie myślenie polityczno- społeczne, uczyło ludzi działań w zakładach, organizowało te działania. To ja powiedziałem: "Nie ma takiego pisma, takiego pisma nie można zrobić, to byście musieli wydawać pięć pism, ale..." – powiadam – "skoro Wy je chcecie zrobić, to je na pewno zrobicie".

NOWA went into action, Hoj set everything in motion and NOWA, the Independent Publishing House, began to publish books. This was undeniably a huge breakthrough. We had produced a few brochures earlier when we were still in KOR, but NOWA began to publish once it was KSS-KOR. The most important, the direction it took that was most productive was Robotnik. They came to see me: Heniek Wójec, Janek Lydiński, Wojtek Onyszkiewicz and a few other people. They told me about the idea they had for Robotnik, that they wanted to print a popular publication for workers, one that would shape their sociopolitical way of thinking, would teach them about various actions in the workplace and would organise these actions. So I said there is no publication like this, you can't do this, you'd have to publish five separate publications, but since you want to do this, I'm sure you will.

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: NOWa, Independent Publishing House, Robotnik, KSS KOR, Henryk Wójec, Wojciech Onyszkiewicz

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: 1987

Date story went live: 12 June 2008