Meeting of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki with opposition activists interned during martial law

We owe the fact that we live in free Poland to the actions of women. Thank you very much for that, in these words, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appealed to opposition activists interned during martial law. Throughout this period about 10.000 Solidarity and opposition activists were sent to the so-called detention centres. Among them were about 700 women.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki thanked the opposition activists interned during the martial law at the Wednesday meeting in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. He underlined that we live in free Poland thanks to the actions of women, many of whom had to undergo tough experiences in the centre for interned women in Gołdap.

As a young man, I became very involved in underground activities. These memories are vivid, said the Head of Government. Thanks to the airy, everyday work of mothers and sisters, the underground continued, it was possible to print and distribute texts. It was a weapon of that sad, dark era of the Polish People's Republic, added the Prime Minister.

Gołdap – a centre for interning women during martial law

Most of the interned women went to Gołdap, where they were detained in the recreational centre of the Radio and Television Committee. During the centre’s operation period, from 6 of January to 24 of July 1982, about 400 women from all over Poland passed through the camp. The youngest were not even 20 years old, the oldest – over 60.

Throughout the internment period, the Security Service tried to break the detained women, giving them loyalty contracts to sign and persuading them to cooperate.

During the conversations held, the Security Service officers repeatedly blackmailed, intimidated and made promises. Mothers were told about how much their abandoned children suffered; students – that they would no longer have the chance to return to universities.

In July 1982, the last women were released from the Gołdap centre. The resort ceased to exist in the formal sense. In August some women were re-interned and sent to the centre in Darłówko.

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