The Cold War International History Project is pleased to host the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Polish movement Solidarity - The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures from the History of Poland, 1980-1981. The event will take place on August 29, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Woodrow Wilson Center Memorial Hallway. A light reception will follow.

The Photo Exhibition The Phenomenon of Solidarity commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity movement in Poland, and highlights formative moments in its history. The exhibition traces key events, such as the strikes of August 1980 and the implementation of Martial Law in December of 1981.  The photographs offer a new perspective on the path leading to the creation of the Solidarity Trade Union, and provide an insight into the Union’s relations with the communist regime, as well as the prevailing social sentiment towards the movement amidst pivotal political, social, and economic developments throughout Poland and Eastern Europe.

The Phenomenon of Solidarity is part of an ongoing cooperative relationship between the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) and the Wilson Center’s Cold War International History Project. The event is co-hosted with the National Endowment for Democracy and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Washington, D.C.

The exhibition was prepared by the IPN’s Public Education Office and will be on display in the Woodrow Wilson Center Memorial Hallway from August 29th through September 29th, 2011.