June 18, 2004


Jacek Kuron, of Solidarity, Dies at 70 (MICHAEL T. KAUFMAN, 6/18/04, NY Times)

Jacek Kuron, who inspired and tutored generations of Poles to struggle against Communist rule, serving as the ultimately successful godfather of a resistance that coalesced around the Solidarity labor union movement, died yesterday in Warsaw. He was 70 years old and had been ill for more than a year.

A spokesman for the Hospital of the Interior Ministry announced his death, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Kuron's death came under the jurisdiction of the same ministry that had been his host for an imprisonment of almost 10 years in the Communist era. At the end, however, it was a benevolent ministry in a democratic Poland that cared for him as an honored citizen who had helped to bring about Poland's emergence from totalitarian rule...

That last paragraph is as good an epitaph as a man could hope for in this life.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2004 9:17 AM
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