Sunday, June 20, 2004

these days

Jacek Kuron was a socialist, a prominent and longstanding dissident against Commumist rule in Poland, a member of Solidarity’s national committee and Minister of Labour in the first post-Communist government.

His Guardian obituary is a tale of civic heroism. And it ends with what you might call an intergenerational moment.

He continued writing intermittent tracts on social and political themes, and produced a two-part autobiography. In 1995, he failed, probably because of poor organisation, to secure nomination in the Polish presidential elections.

He is survived by his second wife Danuta, and his son Maciej, a celebrity chef.

found via Crooked Timber