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November 12, 2008
Polish citizens build on anti-Soviet camaraderie

Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the anti-Soviet Polish Solidarity movement has reinvented itself in a democratic and economically strong Poland.

Correspondent Dave Marash travels to the shipyards of Gdansk, Poland, where the movement was born in 1980.

Worldfocus also explores the post-Soviet Czech Republic and Hungary in our signature series: After the Fall.


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Poland is chasing the West with the wrong assumption that services bring national wealth and that a non-productive bank officer deserves a better pay than a dock worker. Incredible!!! That’s how the West got into economic trouble.


The increase to the overall standard of living of most Poles is worth the relocation of industrial jobs in a coastal city. This video segment even highlights that young Poles are not interested in working in the dockyards, but would rather seek employment with greater opportunity and high earning potential. Merely having these options is progress to be proud of.


on one side, poland is a democratic country entering the global mainstream. on the other side, look at all that gdansk has lost: jobs, its thriving shipbuilding business and young poles to other parts of the EU. soon the port and shipyards will be a hotel/tourist/shopping mega complex offering more low-paying jobs and useless consumption. where’s the real progress here?

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