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Jan Lityński

Born in 1946, an organizer and participant of the students' manifestations in March 1968, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. He was a worker and a computer programmer. In 1976, he was a co-founder of the “Information Bulletin”, the first uncensored magazine. He had been repeatedly arrested. In 1977, he was a co-editor of “The Worker”, an independent magazine advocating formation of free trade unions. A member of Committee for Social Self-Defence of the Workers' Defence Committee, he cooperated with the Intervention Office of the Committee for Social Self-Defence of the Workers' Defence Committee and „The Criticism” (a member of the editorial staff).

 

In 1980, he was an advisor of the authorities of the “Solidarity” Independent and Self-Governing Trade Union. An author of The Message to the Working People of Eastern Europe, which was adopted by the 1st “Solidarity” Congress. In 1981, when the martial law was in force, he was interned and subsequently arrested. After his escape while on a leave from prison he was in the “Solidarity” underground since 1984, he was a member of the Regional Executive Committee of the “Solidarity” Independent and Self-Governing Trade Union, Mazowsze Region. In 1989, he was a participant of the Round Table conference. In 1989, he was elected to Sejm from the wałbrzyskie voivodship.

 

Between 1989 and 2001 he was a deputy to the Sejm, he was, among others, a chairman of the Social Policy Committee and the Intelligence Committee. Since 1990 in the Citizens' Movement for Democratic Action (ROAD), then in the Democratic Union and the Freedom Union (vice-chairman). Between 2008 and 2010, he was a social affairs adviser and a dispute mediator for LOT Polish Airlines.

 

He was an author of publications in the Polish and foreign press, among others in “The Criticism”, “Plus”, “Mazowsze Weekly”, “Res Publica” and other uncensored magazines before 1989. He published in the Polish and foreign press after 1989, among others in “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Rzeczpospolita”, “Dziennik”, “Polityka”, “Newsweek”, “Zeszyty Literackie”. Book publications include, among others: “The Polish Peasants' Party 1945-47 – a resistance model”, “Solidarity – problems, question marks”, “The Prince is naked – remarks of the social engineering of communism” (with Paweł Śpiewak).

 

He was honoured with the Commodore's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Commodore's Cross with the Star.
 

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