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Why Zbyszek Bujak was caught

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Zbyszek Bujak
Jan Józef Lipski Social activist
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Zbyszek Bujak właśnie swoją działalność zaczął jeszcze przed ‘80 rokiem, związał się z ruchem KOR-owskim. Próbowali organizować komisje robotnicze w Ursusie. On stanął na czele strajku w ‘80 roku. I jako przewodniczący Komitetu Strajkowego Ursusa szybko awansował na szefa regionu. A Zbyszek jest człowiekiem bardzo rzutkim, bardzo ujmującym i sympatycznym, i przede wszystkim bardzo inteligentnym. Jak każdy człowiek ma oczywiście swoje wady, na przykład on ma pewną trudność w podejmowaniu decyzji, ale to wynika z jego dużego poczucia odpowiedzialności za ludzi. On nie należy do takich przywódców co uważają, że wydaje się decyzje, a ilu ludzi za to i jak zapłaci – to wszystko jedno.

Zbyszek Bujak had been active even before 1980 and he linked up with the KOR [Komitet Obrony Robotników (Workers' Defence Committee)] movement. They tried to organise a workers' commission in Ursus. He was at the forefront of the strike in 1980. As the leader of the Ursus strike committee, he quickly rose to be the regional leader. Zbyszek is a very enterprising person, very charming and likable and above all, very intelligent. Like everyone, he has his faults, of course. For example, he finds it hard to make decisions but that comes from the strong sense of responsibility he has for other people. He is not the kind of leader who announces a decision without caring who pays for it nor how high the price will be.

Jan Józef Lipski (1926-1991) was one of Poland's best known political activists. He was also a writer and a literary critic. As a soldier in the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), he fought in the Warsaw Uprising. In 1976, following worker protests, he co-founded the Workers' Defence Committee (KOR). His active opposition to Poland's communist authorities led to his arrest and imprisonment on several occasions. In 1987, he re-established and headed the Polish Socialist Party. Two years later, he was elected to the Polish Senate. He died in 1991 while still in office. For his significant work, Lipski was honoured with the Cross of the Valorous (Krzyż Walecznych), posthumously with the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1991) and with the highest Polish decoration, the Order of the White Eagle (2006).

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: Workers Defence Committee, Ursus, Zbyszek Bujak

Duration: 1 minute, 2 seconds

Date story recorded: October 1989

Date story went live: 15 March 2011