Silent witnesses

39 years old




Jan Samsonowicz, 39 years old 

An activist of the pre-August opposition, cofounder of the Movement of Young Poland, collaborator of the Movement for the Protection of Human and Citizens' Rights, founder of NSZZ "Solidarity" at the Medical Academy in Gdańsk, member of the Regional Board, delegate to the 1st National Convention of NSZZ "Solidarity". He was released from internment in July 1982, remaining active in underground structures. He was under constant surveillance by the Secret Police. On the morning of June 30, 1983, his body was found hung by a belt on the fencing of the RKS "Stoczniowiec" stadium in Gdańsk. He was previously seen in this area in the company of two men. The investigation was supposed to lend credence to the theory that this was a suicide.

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