NOBEL LECTURE

President Lech Wałęsa

Lech Wałęsa

Lech Wałęsa (1943-), a world-changing person, the victorious leader of Solidarity, with John Paul II the icon of Poland in the world. Lech Wałęsa is the person who leaning on God destroyed the worst system in history – communism. He is a real defender of the unborn persons, and the father of eight children.

Lech Wałęsa was born on September 29, 1943 in the village of Popowo, Poland, near the town of Lipno, Poland. His parents’ names are: Bolesław and Feliksa. Wałęsa has been granted many honorary degrees from universities, including Harvard University.

His famous books are: Droga nadziei (Warszawa 1987); Droga wolności (Warszawa 1991); Wszystko co robię, robię dla Polski (Warszawa 1995).

The electrician from Gdańsk, the carpenter’s son from the Vistula valley has managed to lift the banner of freedom and humanity so high that the whole world can once again see it. (Egil Aarvik)

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Addressing you, as the winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize, is a Polish worker from the Gdańsk Shipyard, one of the founders of the independent trade union movement in Poland. It would be the simplest thing for me to say that I am not worthy of that great distinction. Yet, when I recall the hour when the news of the Prize has spread throughout my country, the hour of rising emotions and universal joy of the people who felt that they have a moral and spiritual share in the award, I am obligated to say that I regard it as a sign of recognition that the movement to which I gave all my strength has served well the community of men.

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