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March 13, 1989 | From United Press International
Solidarity founder Lech Walesa said Sunday that talks with the government can be a bridgehead for democracy in Communist Poland, while Poland's leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, rejected suggestions that the talks marked a retreat from communism.
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September 2, 2005 | Timothy Garton Ash
EXACTLY A quarter of a century ago, here in Gdansk, the first velvet revolution began.
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NEWS
January 28, 1989 | From Reuters
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa and Poland's Communist rulers agreed on Friday to start formal talks on Feb. 6 on the country's future and legalizing the banned union. A Solidarity spokesman said the date for "round-table" talks in Warsaw was worked out at secret discussions Walesa held with Interior Minister Czeslaw Kiszczak. "It was agreed that the first meeting of the round-table will take place on Feb.
NEWS
April 22, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lech Walesa was reelected chairman of the Solidarity trade union Saturday, easily overcoming a common complaint against him of dictatorial behavior in the union's affairs to win more than 77% of the vote. The opposition, two union members from Wroclaw and Lodz, was, in fact, only token, with Walesa himself seconding the nomination of one of his nominal rivals. "I am very glad," he said after his election, "but we are now faced with more difficult tasks than those we have already behind us."
NEWS
April 22, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lech Walesa was reelected chairman of the Solidarity trade union Saturday, easily overcoming a common complaint against him of dictatorial behavior in the union's affairs to win more than 77% of the vote. The opposition, two union members from Wroclaw and Lodz, was, in fact, only token, with Walesa himself seconding the nomination of one of his nominal rivals. "I am very glad," he said after his election, "but we are now faced with more difficult tasks than those we have already behind us."
NEWS
July 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush today made a dramatic pilgrimage to Gdansk, Poland, the birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement, and told cheering thousands their struggle has produced "a time when dreams can live again" in the democratic transformation of Poland. "For those who say that freedom can forever be denied, I say let them look at Poland," the President said in the emotional climax of a two-day visit. "Poland is not alone.
OPINION
September 2, 2005 | Timothy Garton Ash
EXACTLY A quarter of a century ago, here in Gdansk, the first velvet revolution began.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Following are reviews for the American Film Institute Film Festival. All screenings are at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas unless otherwise indicated. and
'Hero of the Year' Poland, 1986, 115 minutes, 7:45 p.m . Feliks Falk's crackling satire on life in post-Solidarity Poland has strong echoes of Capra's "Meet John Doe." A shrewd, bulky TV personality whose career was wrecked during Solidarity's rise to prominence attempts a comeback exploiting a naive worker who saved people from a gas explosion. It's a paradox that Poland's Oscar entry should be so candid about the restrictions on freedom of expression. RECOMMENDED.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Harry N. Blum, 71, whose Blum Group financed, produced and marketed motion pictures and who personally helped produce such films as Brian De Palma's 1976 "Obsession," died Jan. 18 of congestive heart failure at UCLA Medical Center. A native of Cleveland, Blum graduated from the University of Michigan and its law school. He was an executive in the toy and hobby industry before turning to the film business. In 1973, he formed the Blum Group to back and distribute independent films.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE and SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Hollywood Goes for Walesa: Warner Bros. and the Mount Co. will document the life of Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa on the big screen, Warner Bros. Executive Vice President Mark Canton said Monday. "In these times of extraordinary social and political change in Eastern Europe, we all recognize that it began with Lech Walesa and Solidarity in Poland," Canton said.
NEWS
July 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush today made a dramatic pilgrimage to Gdansk, Poland, the birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement, and told cheering thousands their struggle has produced "a time when dreams can live again" in the democratic transformation of Poland. "For those who say that freedom can forever be denied, I say let them look at Poland," the President said in the emotional climax of a two-day visit. "Poland is not alone.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | From United Press International
Solidarity founder Lech Walesa said Sunday that talks with the government can be a bridgehead for democracy in Communist Poland, while Poland's leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, rejected suggestions that the talks marked a retreat from communism.
NEWS
January 28, 1989 | From Reuters
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa and Poland's Communist rulers agreed on Friday to start formal talks on Feb. 6 on the country's future and legalizing the banned union. A Solidarity spokesman said the date for "round-table" talks in Warsaw was worked out at secret discussions Walesa held with Interior Minister Czeslaw Kiszczak. "It was agreed that the first meeting of the round-table will take place on Feb.
NEWS
February 23, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Hungarian workers, attacking the government for squandering their labor, today announced plans to set up the country's first free blue-collar union, modeled on Solidarity in Poland. "We think workers' interests are best defended by workers themselves," former machine tool worker Bottyan Kiss told a news conference called to announce the plan to launch the Workers' Solidarity on Saturday.
NEWS
December 29, 1987 | Associated Press
Poland's Supreme Court has sharply cut the prison sentences of four secret police convicted of the killing of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the pro-Solidarity priest, Poland's chief government spokesman said today. The decision was made for "humanitarian reasons," government spokesman Jerzy Urban said. The four officers were convicted of the 1984 murder of Popieluszko. A 10-year reduction was ordered in the 25-year sentence of the ringleader, Capt. Grzegorz Piotrowski. The 15-year sentence of Col.
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