Stories from Trójmiasto [Tri-city]

Roman Jankowski was a worker of the ‘Nauta’ Ship Repair Yard in Gdynia and an activist of its “Solidarity” Secret Committee (Tajna Komisja Zakładowa „Solidarność”), co-organizer of Radio ‘S,’ co-founder of an underground publishing house, and printer and distributor of underground press.

Resistance to the [Communist] Polish People’s Republic regime

Roman Jankowski was a worker of the ‘Nauta’ Ship Repair Yard in Gdynia and an activist of its “Solidarity” Secret Committee  (Tajna Komisja Zakładowa „Solidarność”), a member of “Fighting Solidarity” (Solidarność Walcząca), co-organizer of Radio ‘S,’ co-founder of an underground publishing house, and printer and distributor of underground press.

His excellent, comprehensive, and extremely valuable collection was donated to IPN in 2010. It includes documents and bezdebitowy (illegal, underground) publications of Polish anticommunist organizations as well as documents of the Polish United Workers’ Party (PZPR). A significant part of it is comprised of an extensive collection of postage stamps printed by the Solidarity Trade Union and other opposition organizations between 1981 and 1991, as well as cassette tapes of recordings from, among others, the strike in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk and the strike by University of Gdansk students in 1988. It is complemented by numerous posters, bills, and banners. One of those is a hand-painted cloth banner with the slogan, “A Solidary Gdansk Welcomes the Pope” with a picture John Paul II and the Gdansk coat of arms. It was made in 1987 in the context of the Pope’s upcoming visit in Trójmiasto [Tri-city: Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot]. This banner is of especial historical value – it was immortalized in photos taken by the communist Secret Service after Holy Mass in the Zaspa district on June 12, 1987.

Banner with the caption “A Solidary Gdansk Welcomes the Pope”, 1987

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