THE MONUMENT OF ANONYMOUS PASSERBY

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The monument symbolizes the enslavement of people by communism.

   The monument is located in the busy section of Wroclaw – the crossroads of Piłsudskiego and Świdnicka streets next to Arkady (the arcade passage). Wroclaw honored in such a way the anonymous passerby who fell under the ground. People who were living at the time of the martial law, know that it is real. The underground is a place where a part of Polish nation came into on 13 December 1981. Wroclaw took part in the anticommunist activity.

   The monument was unveiled for the 24th anniversary of martial law – at night 12/13 December 2006. Before midnight police cars and prisoner-vans drove to the crossroads and the people who had come to take part in that event could hear the voice of general Jaruzelski, the sounds of shoots and the songs by Jacek Kaczmarski. Suddenly few people came to the monument, took it into the prisoner-van and drove away. During the martial law secret police took people to prison at night. Twenty four years later it wasn’t only a symbolic activity. The monument wasn’t ready then. It was finished before Christmas. Fourteen life-size characters were made of bronze. It was Jerzy Kalina who had made similar characters in 1977. The gypsum figures were the prototype of this monument and were stored in the National Museum in Wrocław.

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