Anna Walentynowicz (2005)
|Died||10 April 2010 (aged 80)|
|Occupation||Free trade union activist|
Anna Walentynowicz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈanna valɛntɨˈnɔvʲit͡ʂ]; 15 August 1929 – 10 April 2010) was a Polish free trade union activist and co-founder of Solidarity, the first non-communist trade union in the Eastern Bloc. Her firing from her job at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk in August 1980 was the event that ignited the strike at the shipyard, set off a wave of strikes across Poland, and quickly paralyzed the Baltic coast. The Interfactory Strike Committee (MKS) based in the Gdańsk shipyard eventually transformed itself into Solidarity; by September, more than one million workers were on strike in support of the 21 demands of MKS, making it the largest strike ever.
Walentynowicz's arrest became an organizing slogan (Bring Anna Walentynowicz Back to Work!) in the early days of the Gdańsk strike. She is referred to by some as the "mother of independent Poland." She was among the dignitaries killed in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash near Smolensk in Russia, which also claimed the lives of the President of Poland and his wife, and the senior commanders of the Polish Armed Forces.
Early life and career
Born in 1929 in Rivne (which is now Ukraine) as Anna Lubczyk, was orphaned during the Second World War and repatriated into Poland. She began working in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland in 1950, first as a welder, later as a crane operator. Recognized as a "Hero of Socialist Labor" or Stakhanovite for her hard work, Walentynowicz became disillusioned with the communist system in Poland, especially after the bloody events in December 1970 on the Baltic Coast. While she was an activist and a member of a socialist youth organization, she was never formally a member of the communist party. Anna was a devout Catholic, who believed in social justice and standing up against oppression, and who became deeply moved in her later years by the teachings of Pope John Paul II, with whom she developed a personal relationship. One of the last letters which John Paul II wrote was to Anna Walentynowicz wishing her speedy recovery from a back injury.
Anna began her quest for justice by speaking out publicly when one of her supervisors stole money from the workers' bonus fund to win a lottery. Instead of reprimanding the corrupt supervisor, the system turned on her—she was harassed by secret police. The 'exemplary worker' and 'Hero of Socialist Labor' had become a vocal dissident.
Trade union activism
Walentynowicz joined the newly formed WZZ or Free Trade Unions of the Coast in 1978, and in the early 1980s came to symbolize the opposition movement, along with her colleagues from the WZZ, Lech Wałęsa, Andrzej Gwiazda, Bogdan Borusewicz, Alina Pienkowska, the Wyszkowski brothers and Andrzej Kołodziej. As editor of the Polish samizdat (bibuła) Robotnik Wybrzeża (The Coastal Worker), she distributed an underground newsheet at the shipyard; she often challenged the authorities, not was it uncommon for her to openly challenge her superiors.
Firing, and birth of Solidarity
For participation in the illegal trade union, Walentynowicz was fired by the shipyard on 7 August 1980, 5 months prior to her plan to retire. This management decision enraged the workers, who staged a strike action on 14 August, defending Anna Walentynowicz, and demanding her return. In early coverage of the Gdańsk strike by Western press (which was permitted into the shipyard), Anna Walentynowicz is mentioned earlier than Lech Wałęsa. She also headed the list of the strike committee of the Gdańsk shipyard typed by Lech Wałęsa. On the third day of the strike, 16 August 1980, management granted Lenin Shipyard workers their working and pay demands. Lech Wałęsa and others announced the end of the strike. The women of the shipyard, Anna Waletynowicz and Alina Pienkowska, are credited in most eye-witness accounts for transforming a strike over bread and butter issues into a solidarity strike in sympathy with other striking establishments. Walentynowicz and Pienkowska managed to close the gates of the shipyard and keep some workers inside, but many workers went home, only to return by the next day.
The Gdańsk Agreement was signed on 31 August 1980, recognizing the right to organize free trade unions independent of the Party for the first time in the Communist bloc. When the Solidarity trade union was registered shortly after the Gdańsk Agreement, it had nearly ten million members, the world's largest union to date.
Our aim should not be to secure a somewhat thicker slice of bread today, even if this would make us happy; we must not forget what our real aim is. Our main duty is to consider the needs of others. If we become alive to this duty, there will be no unjustly treated people in our midst, and we, in turn, shall not be treated unjustly. Our day-to-day motto should be: "Your problems are also my problems." We must extend our friendship and strengthen our solidarity.
Anna Walentynowicz was a member of the Presidium of MKS. After the strike, she became a member of the Presidium of Inter-Institute Founding Committee (MKZ - Międzyzakładowy Komitet Założycielski) of NSZZ Solidarity in Gdańsk. On 1 April 1981 the Presidium of the Lenin Shipyard Institute Commission (KZ - Komisja Zakładowa) of NSZZ Solidarity 'recalled' her from the Presidium of MKZ on trumped up accusations (inciting strike action, collecting signatures for a vote of no-confidence in Wałesa, misrepresenting her constituents, and acting in a manner detrimental to the union). As a commission of inquiry determined, not only were all of these charges false, but the KZ Presidium had no jurisdictional right to remove Walentynowicz from her MKZ position. However, a number of Solidarity departmental cells in the shipyard promptly issued statements in support of the KZ Presidium's action. It was done in ignorance of the facts of the case, and in contradiction of the union's own statutes. There were no consultations with the rank-and-file as well. Europe-Asia Studies journal noted, "The case stood as an alarming example of how Solidarity's new activists were instantly ready not only to support each other in any dramatic new initiative but also to believe the worst about one of the First Wave strike leaders. That such a situation would arise concerning Walentynowicz, the very person for whose reinstatement at the Lenin Shipyard was the main point on which the strike originally began, goes beyond mere irony. It demonstrates just how much the movement had changed in under a year, and moreover, just how far apart were the new activists from the old strike leaders-and from the union's rank-and-file." The case against Walentynowicz in the KZ disciplinary commission was led by Jerzy Borowczak, a close associate of Wałęsa. PZPR was also involved in lobbying against Walentynowicz in this affair, with Jan Łabędzki, first Secretary of PZPR inside the Lenin Shipyard announcing publicly that Walentynowicz... destroys the unity of NSZZ Solidarity.
In October 1981, during a meeting with workers in Radom, two officers of the security police - in collaboration with the secret cooperant (TW) Karol - attempted to poison her.
Martial law was declared in December 1981 and Solidarity was fragmented. The clique around Wałęsa assumed power as a Temporary Coordinating Committee. With western support held on, they abandoned the ideals of 1980.
Disagreements with Wałęsa
In September 1986, Lech Wałęsa created the first public and legal Solidarity structure since the declaration of martial law, the Temporary Council of NSZZ Solidarity (Tymczasowa Rada NSZZ Solidarność), with Bogdan Borusewicz, Zbigniew Bujak, Władysław Frasyniuk, Tadeusz Jedynak, Bogdan Lis, Janusz Pałubicki, and Józef Pinior. In October 1987, the Country Executive Committee of NSZZ Solidarity (Krajowa Komisja Wykonawcza NSZZ Solidarność) was created by Lech Wałęsa (chairman), Zbigniew Bujak, Jerzy Dłużniewski, Władysław Frasyniuk, Stefan Jurczak, Bogdan Lis, Andrzej Milczanowski, Janusz Pałubicki, Stanisław Węglarz.
Walentynowicz was critical about the development of Solidarity:
This distance between Solidarity and the workers is the major reason for my disagreement with Wałęsa. The Temporary Committee of Solidarity is something new. It is structured too much like the PZPR. They have privileges so the ideas of Solidarity have been dropped. During the seven years since martial law there have been no meetings with workers. They meet amongst themselves, on whose behalf?
In 1986 it was a surprise that such people as Bujak and Borusewicz instead of calling a National Commission nominated themselves. The opposition surprised even the Government. At this moment they broke the statutes. In the fall of 1987 Solidarity members, including myself, during the pilgrimage to Częstochowa sent a petition to Wałęsa to call a National Commission meeting. But Wałęsa wouldn’t accept it. So there have been no meetings, except amongst themselves.
From 14 to 16 December 1981 Walentynowicz was a co-organizer of the strike in the Lenin Shipyard and after its pacification she was detained. On 18 December 1981 she was interned in Bydgoszcz-Fordon and Gołdap and released in July 1982, but was again arrested and held from August 1982 (prisons in Gdańsk, Mokotów and Grudziądz) to March 1983 and from December 1983 to April 1984 (Katowice, Lubliniec, Bytom, Kraków). In total she spent 19 months in jail.
Walentynowicz criticized Wałęsa for taking too much individual credit, and not sufficiently acknowledging that the Solidarity union triumph was a group effort involving millions, saying that his "cult of personality" greatly damaged the movement. It is well documented the Walesa-inspired effort to cleanse the informant "Bolek" file during his presidency dealt a serious blow to lustration efforts in Poland. She denounced Wałęsa's conduct in her book Cień przyszłości (The Shadow of the Future) published in Poland in 1993 (the book was published in Germany in 2012 as Solidarność - eine persönliche Geschichte).
French journalist Jean-Marcel Bouguereau, who witnessed the events in Poland in 1980 and was expelled twice, wrote one of the first articles critical about Wałęsa in Libération. Bouguereau titled Walentynowicz "The real heroine of Gdańsk".
She talked about her expectations in an interview in 1985:
We must not wait passively. A free Poland is our aim, but no one will give us that freedom. Our passivity will result in their murdering more and more of us, in more and more people suffering. We must educate, because even when a free Poland is achieved, the nation will be so exhausted that there will be no one to lead it.
After the fall of Communism
While remaining active and outspoken after 1989, Walentynowicz distanced herself from various political parties allied with the new Solidarity. She felt the new Solidarity elites abandoned the workers and ordinary people, not living up to the core Solidarity values of social justice. She felt that Solidarity had been co-opted by self-interested individuals who reneged on their promises. Walentynowicz avoided anniversary celebrations organised by the new Solidarity. In 1995 she wrote an open letter to Wałęsa. In 2000 she declined an honorary citizenship of the city of Gdańsk. During the strike at the docks in Gdynia in February 2002 she said:
The 21 demands that we put up in 1980 are still relevant. Nothing was fulfilled. People still have to struggle to be treated with dignity. That's scandalous.
In 2003 she asked for compensation from the government for her 1980s persecution, eventually receiving part of the sum. Walentynowicz cared little about herself and mostly donated all which she had to those who needed help. On 15 November 2004, Anna - along with other former strikers of 1980 activists from the first Solidarity and former political prisoners - an open letter prepared by Andrzej Gwiazda to the European Parliament about the development of Solidarity. The European Parliament took note of the open letter in a motion for a resolution in 2005, deploring the fact that the new Solidarity, created in 1989, did not pursue the aims of the first Solidarity.
Walentynowicz was vocal pointing bad conduct of the Civic Platform political party in Poland. On 11 December 2009 she organized in the Polish Sejm the conference "Poland after XX years 1989-2009".
On 13 December 2005 Walentynowicz accepted the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom in Washington on behalf of the first free trade union Solidarity and was personally honored along with John Paul II and General Edward Rowny, Chief US Nuclear Arms Control Negotiator with the Soviets. The columnist Georgie Anne Geyer called her the Rosa Parks of Solidarity and in the column, compared her to the likes of Indira Gandhi and Corazon Aquino. During her visit she met with vice president Linda Chavez Thompson and other leaders of AFL-CIO.
Wer ist Anna Walentynowicz? ("Who is Anna Walentynowicz?", directed by Sylke Rene Meyer, 2002, winner of the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award), Musimy się na nowo policzyć ("We Have to Count Ourselves Anew", directed by Grzegorz W. Tomczak, 2014), Podwójne dno ("Double Bottom", directed by Dariusz Małecki, 1994), Anna Proletariuszka ("Anna Proletarian", directed by Marek Ciecierski and Sławomir Grunberg, 1980/81) and Robotnicy '80 ("Workers '80", 1980) are documentary films in which she is portrayed. Anna Walentynowicz is played by Frances Cox in Leslie Woodhead's docudrama Strike: The Birth of Solidarity (1981). She appeared as herself in Man of Iron (1981), prompting some to call her "woman of iron." She was critical about the Schlöndorff's movie Strike.
Walentynowicz died in a plane crash near Smolensk on 10 April 2010, along with President Lech Kaczyński, First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, and many other prominent Polish leaders, while en route to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre during World War II. A plaque on her house in Wrzeszcz, a borough of Gdańsk, has recently been dedicated and the city of Gdynia named an intersection after her. Michael Szporer, Professor of Communications at University of Maryland wrote about her: "Her life was very much like Poland's, never nothing, but if you are not afraid to speak up for yourself and care for others, just look what you can become, Pani Ania, a worthier role model than most, because an honest one. Our caring and protective mother!"
Exhumation in 2012 revealed that a different person – Teresa Walewska-Przyjałkowska – was buried in Anna Walentynowicz's grave. Upon the discovery, the bodies were reburied in the correct graves.
In 2015 trial began over attempted poisoning of Anna Walentynowicz in 1981. In December 2015 the main room (The Column Room) in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland was named after Anna Walentynowicz.
- From a brochure handed out to workers in Lenin Shipyard on 14 August 1980:
To the workers of the Gdansk Shipyard
We turn to YOU colleagues of Anna Walentynowicz. She has worked at the shipyard since 1950. Sixteen years as a welder, later as crane operator in W-2 section, awarded bronze, silver and in 1979 Gold Cross of Merit (Krzyz zaslugi). She had always been a model worker, what is more, one who reacted to every wrong and injustice.
This has resulted in her activism in independence of management trade union movement. Walentynowicz received a disciplinary notice of firing on 7 August for "major infraction of worker's responsibilities." We would like to remind you that Anna Walentynowicz has only five months to retirement. This matter demonstrates that the administration of the shipyard does not care about public opinion or legal procedure, which it violates forcing people to bend with its whims. Anna Walentynowicz has been a thorn in their side, because she is a model activist devoted to others. She is a thorn in their side because she defends others and is capable of organizing her colleagues... We appeal to you, defend the crane operator Walentynowicz. If you don't, many of you may find themselves in the same miserable situation.
Signed Founding Committee of Independent Trade Unions and the editorial board of THE COASTAL WORKER: Bogdan Borusewicz, Joanna Duda-Gwiazda, Andrzej Gwiazda, Jan Karandziej, Maryla Płońska, Alina Pienkowska, Lech Wałęsa
- Michael Szporer, Solidarity: The Great Workers Strike of 1980, Lexington Books, 2012
- Sławomir Cenckiewicz, Anna Solidarność (Anna Solidarity), Zysk i S-ka, Poznań, 2010
- Shana Penn, Solidarity's Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland, University of Michigan Press, 2005, ISBN 0-472-11385-2
- Kristi S. Long, We All Fought for Freedom: Women in Poland's Solidarity Movement, Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1996
- Tomasz Jastrun, Życie Anny Walentynowicz (The Life of Anna Walentynowicz), Independent Publishing House NOWA, 1985
- Szporer, Michael. "Anna Walentynowicz and the Legacy of Solidarity in Poland". wyszkowski.com.pl. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
In her resolute commitment to justice she earned her namesake as "mother of independent Poland," always recognizing that she was one of many.
- Szporer, Michael (2012). Solidarity: The Great Workers Strike of 1980. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-0-7391-7487-6.
- Szporer, Michael (2012). Solidarity: The Great Workers Strike of 1980. Lexington Books. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7391-7487-6.
- Szporer, Michael (2011). "Anna Walentynowicz and the Legacy of Solidarity in Poland". Journal of Cold War Studies.
- Walentynowicz, Anna (1993). "Gorący sierpień (Dobra, idę z wami!)". Cień przyszłości (The Shadow of the Future) (in Polish). Gdańsk: Albatros. pp. 81–82. ISBN 83-85293-40-X.
W pobliżu bramy nr 1 spotykamy Lecha. Idzie, otoczony tłumem, kierując się ku wyjściu. Dumny jak paw, lekko podchmielony - widać, że "uzgadnianie szczegółów" z dyrektorem poszło gładko. Zatrzymujemy go, gorączkowo mu tłumaczymy, że nie wolno nam myśleć tylko o sobie, że błąd, jaki popełniliśmy można jeszcze naprawić. Jest bardzo zdziwiony, po chwili wpada w złość: - 'O co wam chodzi, przecież strajk jest zakończony.' Ostra wymiana zdań. Już wtedy był przekonany o własnej nieomylności. Nie lubił, gdy ktoś ośmielał się wątpić w słuszność jego decyzji. Nie ustępowałyśmy. Wreszcie coś do niego dotarło. Chyba zrozumiał, że jeśli nas nie posłucha - ster wymknie mu się z rąk. - 'Dobra, idę z wami.'
- Cenciekiewicz, Sławomir. Anna Solidarność (in Polish). Zysk i S-ka. pp. 123–124. ISBN 978-83-7506-507-7.
Walentynowicz dobiegła do bramy nr 1, wychodzącej na Stare Miasto. Tam spotkała zdezorientowanego Wałęsę, szarpnęła go za rękaw, chciała przemówić. Stanęła na akumulatorowym wózku i przemówiła do robotników. Oznajmiła, że właśnie proklamowano strajk solidarnościowy.
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- Resolution N6/NSZZ/441/81 from 1 IV 1981. It was signed by Alojzy Szabłowski, Jerzy Borowczak, Tomasz Moszczak, Jacek Merkel, Zbigniew Lis, Stanisław Bury, Henryk Soszko, Alicja Kowalczyk, Jan Koziatek. See: Cenckiewicz S., "Anna Solidarność", Poznań, 2010, p.251. Scan of the resolution (Digital Archive of KK NSZZ Solidarity): "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2014-06-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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- Cenckiewicz, Sławomir (2010). Anna Solidarność (Anna Solidarity) (in Polish). Zysk i S-ka. p. 254.
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Dziwna jest też otoczka tej sprawy. Na przykład fakt, że to nie kto inny, tylko I Sekretarz stoczniowej PZPR - Łabędzki, ogłasza przez radiowęzeł, ni z tego ni z owego, że Anna Walentynowicz rozbija jedność NSZZ "Solidarność". Cóż on tak niepokoi się o nasz związek? Bardzo dziwna i mocno podejrzana wydaje się ta "troska" sekretarza partyjnego o jedność "Solidarności"... Jednak jeszcze bardziej zdumiewający jest, że Prezydium stoczniowej Komisji Zakładowej nie zareagowało zupełnie na to, że sekretarz PZPR ingeruje w sprawy związkowe i nie stanęło w obronie swojego działacza... (...) Staje się zupełnie jasne, że chodzi o odsunięcie p. Ani od prac związkowych i zniszczenie jej autorytetu. Jakże to jest smutne, że starają się o to połączone siły soczniowej "Solidarności" i PZPR!
- Walentynowicz, Anna (1993). Cień przyszłości (The Shadow of the Future) (in Polish). Gdańsk: Albatros. p. 105.
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Wspomniał Pan o uhonorowaniu mnie w Holandii tytułem Kobiety Roku. Niemało czasu minęło, nim się o tym dowiedziałam. Ale nawet wiedząc o tym wyróżnieniu, nie mogłabym wyjechać po odbiór dyplomu, gdyż nie wypuszczono by mnie z kraju, a nawet z Gdańska! Stanowiła o tym uchwała nr 33 władz Regionu, podjęta na prezydium I zjazdu "Solidarności", który odbył się 1 września 1981 roku.
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- "Anna Solidarność" by Cenckiewicz (Publisher's description) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-02-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Solidarity hero's bio gets Japanese translation" (Polskie Radio, 30.01.2012) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2014-02-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Kenney, Padraic (Summer 1997). "Review of the book: "We All Fought for Freedom: Women in Poland's Solidarity Movement" by Kristi S. Long". Slavic Review. 56 (2): 341. doi:10.2307/2500793. JSTOR 2500793.
Trusted older women like Anna Walentynowicz in Gdansk (another excellent example is Maria Chmielewska at the Warski Shipyard in Szczecin), to whom younger (male) workers turn for advice and support, played crucial roles in strikes and have since been marginalized. So why do strikers want to forget their mothers?
- Who is Anna Walentynowicz?, a documentary film by Sylke Rene Meyer (2002) (in English)(in German)
- Koman, Wincenty. "Reflection about the film by Sylke Rene Meyer (Polish language)". Pomniksmolensk.pl. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award".
- Give Us Back Anna Walentynowicz, 2014
- Where is the body of Smolensk crash victim and legendary Solidarity co-founder Anna Walentynowicz?, 13 May 2014
- Anna Proletarian, short bio
- Don't Wait for Instructions: An Interview with Anna Walentynowicz, in the underground publication Biuletyn Dolnośląski, no. 1 (59), January 1985
- "Nie czekać na wytyczne. Rozmowa z Anną Walentynowicz (Don't Wait for Instructions: An Interview with Anna Walentynowicz)". Biuletyn Dolnośląski (1 (59)): 2–4. January 1985. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- Interview with Anna Walentynowicz on the situation in Poland, August 1988
- Interview with Janusz Walentynowicz, Anna Walentynowicz's son, January 25, 2012
- Kania, Dorota (25 January 2012). "Szyderstwo zamiast współczucia (Rozmowa z Januszem Walentynowiczem) [Interview with Janusz Walentynowicz]". Gazeta Polska (in Polish). Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- Musimy się na nowo policzyć, a documentary film by Grzegorz W. Tomczak (2014) (in Polish)
- Statement of the conference Polska po XX latach 1989-2009 (Poland after XX years 1989-2009) organized by Anna Walentynowicz, December 11, 2009, in the Sejm (in Polish)
- "Anna Walentynowicz speaking during the conference "Poland after XX years 1989-2009" (11 December 2009)" (in Polish). GlosTygodnik. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- An Open Letter to the European Parliament, about the development of Solidarity, signed by Anna Walentynowicz, 2004. Motion for a resolution (taking note of the open letter), 2005
- An Open Letter to Lech Wałęsa, written by Anna Walentynowicz, September 25, 1995 (in Polish)
- Catalyst of Poland's Crisis, The New York Times, August 21, 1980; Firing of politically active worker set off Polish crisis, The Miami News, August 21, 1980
- Robotnik Wybrzeża (The Coastal Worker), issues of the Free Trade Unions of the Coast underground newspaper of which Walentynowicz was an editor (in Polish)
- Szczera dyskusja nad antrykotem, Walentynowicz's first article in the underground newspaper Robotnik (The Worker), 1979, no. 38-39, p. 4 (in Polish)
- Website dedicated to Anna Walentynowicz, includes text of her book in Polish
- „Anna Solidarność". Anna Walentynowicz (1929–2010), article by Sławomir Cenckiewicz, Biuletyn IPN, no. 9-10 (118–119), September–October 2010 (in Polish)
- Exhibition Anna Walentynowicz. Legenda „Solidarności" 1929–2010 (in Polish)
- Zborowski, Lech (2013-06-16). "Jak doszło do sierpniowego strajku , nieznane fakty (What is the origin of the August strike , unknown facts)" (in Polish). WZZW (on salon24.pl). Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- Walaszczyk, Maciej (1 September 2012). "Wzór na trudne czasy (An example for hard times)". Nasz Dziennik (in Polish). Retrieved 11 February 2014.
"Wystawa, choć bardzo interesująca i wartościowa, jest także pełna niedopowiedzeń." (The exhibition, while very interesting and valuable is also full of understatements)
- Solidarnosc – re-creating a legacy, article has a selection of information related to Anna
- Polish news: Anna Walentynowicz Appeal
-  and: Anna Walentynowicz accepts Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom
- Anna Walentynowicz on IMDb