Kornel Morawiecki, founder and legendary leader of “Solidarność Walcząca”, Marshall Senior to the Sejm of the 8th term, bachelor of the Order of the White Eagle, passed away.

Born in 1941 in Warsaw, he was later tied to Wrocław. During the communist era he worked as a physicist, academic teacher and democratic opposition activist.

Photo: Simona Supino / FORUM

He took part in the student strikes of 1968, protested against the entry of the Warsaw Pact troops into Czechoslovakia and the suppression of the workers' protest by the authorities in December 1970. From 1979 he co-edited the underground publication titled “Lower Silesia Bulletin”. Involved in the activity of NSZZ “Solidarność”, he was a delegate to its first convention
in Gdańsk in 1981.

In 1982, after “Solidarność” was made illegal by the authorities, he founded “Solidarność Walcząca” whose manifesto called for an uncompromising fight to regain Polish independence.

In 1988, he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland in exile Kazimierz Sabbat.

Marshal Senior to the Sejm of the 8th term.

On 27 September this year President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, in recognition of Kornel Morawiecki’s exceptional achievements in public and state activity, awarded him the Order of the White Eagle.

“We don’t live only for ourselves. We live and die for others,” said the Marshal Senior in his speech from 2015.

We lost a patriot, proponent of the idea of a sovereign Homeland, embodiment of the Polish struggle against the communist regime.  A man who made history instead of surrendering to it. 


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of late Kornel Morawiecki.

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