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Scandal in the Crooked Circle Club: Adam Michnik's debut
Jan Józef Lipski Social activist
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Well, at any rate, the Crooked Circle Club still existed and Adam Michnik made his debut there which caused a new row. Adam Michnik was brought along with his friend, Janek Gross – who's a professor in the United States now – was brought by Mrs Aniela Steinsberg who was friends with Janek Gross's mother. The boys had their red school badges, they were both 15 years old then. As soon as Adam burst in, he made his debut. The man who'd taught us all to read and write – Professor Falski who was the author of Elementarz – gave a brilliant talk on the teaching programmes in schools, and in the discussion, Adam presented the pupil's point of view. When some teacher, a complete fool, attempted to stop Adam and was rude to him, there was uproar. The teacher was given such a dressing down in the club, he was told that it doesn't matter if it's a boy who's taken the floor, he's participating in the discussion so please treat him with respect. And that was Adam's debut, creating a scandal straight away in the Crooked Circle Club.

No, ale w każdym razie Klub Krzywego Koła jeszcze istniał, tam zadebiutował w pewnym momencie Adaś Michnik, za co była nowa awantura. Adaś Michnik, którego przyprowadziła wraz z jego przyjacielem Jankiem Grossem – obecnie profesorem w Stanach Zjednoczonych – przyprowadziła pani Aniela Steinsbergowa, która z matką Janka Grossa się przyjaźniła. Chłopcy z czerwonymi tarczami, prawda, jako licealiści, po piętnaście lat mieli chyba wtedy, no i Adaś zaraz jak...i natychmiast z miejsca debiutował. Człowiek, który nas wszystkich uczył czytać i pisać, czyli profesor Falski, autor „Elementarza”, miał znakomity na temat programów szkolnych referat i w dyskusji Adaś powiedział, jak to wygląda od strony ucznia, a kiedy jakiś nauczyciel, głupol zupełny, próbował go jakoś tak pohamować, niegrzecznie się do niego odzywając, to wybuchła cała burza dookoła tego. Dano temu nauczycielowi w klubie taką nauczkę, że jak się jest chłopiec, który zabiera głos w dyskusji, to to nie ma znaczenia, jest to dyskutant i proszę grzecznie się do niego zwracać. I taki był debiut Adasia, od razu był skandal w Klubie Krzywego Koła.

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: Jacek Petrycki Marcel Łoziński

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.

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.

Tags: Crooked Circle Club, Elementarz, Adam Michnik, Jan Gross, Aniela Steinsberg, Marian Falski

Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds

Date story recorded: October 1989

Date story went live: 10 March 2011