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Russian Tanks! No Thanks! - Solidarność (Solidarity)

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    Great photo. I think I was walking on that street with my girlfriend, when we went to Prague last summer.

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    Another group of Solidarity pin-back badges:

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    This badge from the above group is another that commemorates the Poznan rising of June (Czerwiec)1956 and equates it with Solidarity's own popular "rising" against the Polish communist regime.

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    A few other pin badges recently acquired:

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    The enamel detail is actually quite well produced given the inexpensive nature of the pin-badges. The Solidarity logo is an inkjet tranfrer which I printed out as I am thinking of creating a cloth background to which I can pin the badges in a display.
    Last edited by StefanM; 02-09-2014 at 08:02 AM.
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    I don't collect in this area, but here’s a Solidarity era badge that found in the pocket of a recently acquired BD tunic that belonged to a soldier of the Polish 2nd Corps. The Polish text translates to “Let us pray for Father Popiełuszko”. Jerzy Popiełuszko was a Roman Catholic priest murdered in 1984 by the Polish “SB” (Security Service), the communist government’s internal security organization. The "P" in his surname takes the form of the WW2 era Polish Home Army "kotwica" (anchor) emblem of the resistance movement. Popiełuszko unceasingly prodded the government with a vocal and uncompromising anti-communist stance. His close ties to the workers and trade unionists that became known as the Solidarność movement put him into the crosshairs of the tyrannical government and cost him his life at the young age of 37.

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    I have not seen this particular badge design before, thanks Tony.

    Finding out who was making these badges and where is proving very difficult not only because there a many hundreds of designs but most are unmarked.

    The recurring themes of historical Polish resistance was widely adopted by Solidarity in their propaganda pieces. Many of these themes were from the so-called "białe plamy (white spots or blank pages)" of a forbidden history.
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    A super rare patch from Solidarność Walcząca Oddział Warszawa - Grupa ''Alternatywa'' or Fighting Solidarity Branch Warsaw - Group'' alternative'' I am trying to find:

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    Grupy Wykonawcze Solidarności Walczącej or Fighting Solidarity Group Executive was organised by Jacek Guzowski, who at the beginning of 1986 saw the need of creating separate cells of protestors to engage in street actions. It was not an easy task but through his contacts with students in high schools and colleges was able to establish a core group consisting of ten people. Each of the founders organised a sub-group of 4-6 people and which assigned tasks or actions for each section.

    The Solidarności Walczącej standard:

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    The standard incorporates the symbology of Polish resistance in WWII in a banner design common to Polish military colour flags. Interestingly the Solidarności Walczącej motif of Poland does not look back to the pre-1945 borders of the country but its post war outline reflecting the current reality.
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    Another Solidarnośc rarity on my wish list:

    Established on April 16, 2010 the Krzyż Solidarności Walczącej or Cross of Fighting Solidarity is based conceptually on the Home Army Cross introduced on 1 August 1966 by decision of the Commander of the Home Army, Bór-Komorowski.

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    To date, less than 200 awarded.
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    Latest Solidarność protest button badge to arrive in the mail: 'Albin Siwak Superstar'

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    Albin Siwak (below) was a Polish United Workers' Party (Communist Party) functionary and member of the Politburo in 1980s. Siwak was one of the leaders of the hardline Polish communist faction and a determined opponent of Solidarity.


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    In researching the badge I came across an October 1981 New York Times article that mentions badge sellers offering the badge above and the "Soviet/Russian Tanks, No Thanks" badge for sale after a Solidarność conference in Gdansk. Below is the relevant passage of text from the main article:


    POLES FEELING BREATH OF A PINCHED AND GLOOMY WINTER; The Talk of Warsaw
    By JOHN DARNTON, Special to the New York Times
    Published: October 12, 1981
    WARSAW, Oct. 11 …There were even lines at Solidarity's national congress, which ended last week in Gdansk. As the delegates debated and caucused inside the Oliva sports arena, which is shaped like a giant plow blade, outside hundreds of bystanders gathered on a plaza to hear the proceedings broadcast over a loudspeaker. They lined up by the dozens to purchase Solidarity pins, posters, beach hats, even blankets. The workers' movement has finally spawned its own cottage industry of souvenirs and memorabilia. 'Albin Siwak Superstar'

    On the outskirts of the crowd, button collectors circulated, carrying their displays on velvet-lined pads resting on their forearms, like so many artists walking around with their palettes. The highest-priced buttons, going for the equivalent of $3, read in English, ''Soviet Tanks, No Thanks,'' and ''Albin Siwak Superstar'' - a reference to a highly conservative construction worker who was added to the Politburo in July. He is a man union activists and liberals love to hate. They call him ''Falconetti,'' after a lookalike character by that name on the television series, ''Rich Man, Poor Man,'' which ran here last fall and was highly popular.

    In addition to buttons, the movement has also sparked another growth industry, the production of the protest song. At the first stage of the congress, hundreds of delegates traipsed up to the hilltop amphitheater to listen to the first ''Festival of Forbidden Songs.'' They sat rapt for three hours, as a succession of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez-like minstrels appeared on stage with guitars, acoustic and amplified, to attack Parliament, Polish and Soviet astronauts, police and repression.

    ''We were too busy building socialism, so there wasn't time for anything else,'' ran the lamenting refrain of one ballad. Sandwiched in between were comedians who poked fun at the authorities. One joked: ''They say they believe in the wisdom of the nation, I just wish it were mutual.’’

    The main aricle: POLES FEELING BREATH OF A PINCHED AND GLOOMY WINTER - The Talk of Warsaw - NYTimes.com

    So the "Soviet/Russian Tanks, No Thanks" badges are much earlier than I thought.
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    I recently became aware that many of the well known Polish jewellers such as Marian Cegielski in Warsaw were making Solidarnośc (Solidarity) protest badges during the martial law period of 13 December 1981 to 22 July 1983, therefore once manufactured a large number of matrices used for making the badges were destroyed for security reasons and the badges also went unmarked for the same reason....that the jeweller could have been arrested for making the badges!

    Below are a few of the Solidarity badges produced by Marian Cegielski's workshop:

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