Its only recent history that the minds eye can still picture a then-spry Lech Walesa scaling fences and leaping atop platforms to lead the rallying cry of Solidarnosc! (Solidarity) in Polands fight against Russian tyranny.
Walesa was a union shipyard worker whose out-sized mustache matched his energy to fight oppression beginning in the late 1970s. The Solidarity movement was instrumental in breaking communisms grip across the Soviet bloc of Eastern Europe.
After its fall, Walesa was democratically elected Polands first president. In 1983, he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.
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