Fourteen haunting figures both slowly sink and emerge out of a sidewalk corner in the Polish city of Wrocław. Constructed by artist Jerzy Kalina in 2005,
the figures are a memorial to the two-year period of harsh martial law inflicted by the People’s Republic of Poland.
Martial law is normally established when civilian government fails to function properly, or during times of widespread disregard for the law.
Military rule is then imposed temporarily upon citizens after traditional government fails until the problem is resolved.
This happened in Poland between December 13, 1981 to July 22, 1983
under Communist rule in an attempt to crush opposition.
Activists and dissenters were interned without charges or trials by
the thousands; people were literally disappearing off the streets – some 100 people were even killed. Kalina demonstrates this period of terror with his statues of people who are literally being swallowed by the earth while going about their daily lives, reminding us of how much freedom we truly possess today.
The fear during a time like this must have been rampant – which is only extenuated by how recent it was. Meandering the streets of today’s Poland,
it is hard to imagine that this freedom-less period took place barely 30 years ago – and makes you appreciate just how far Poland has come.
Underground passage memorial in Wroclaw, Poland
...αναμνηστική διάβαση στο Wroclaw της Πολωνίας
When you walk the streets of Wroclaw in Poland you might encounter
the mystical looking statues of people coming out of the ground.
It’s a memorial of anticommunist activity in 1981. and that undergroundto people that fell under the ground in time of martial law.
This interesting monument was unveiled for the 24th anniversary of martial
law at night 12/13 December back in 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.
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