I have just received information from the City Council. During today’s session it was decided that a Gdańsk will have a street Bl. Fr.. Jerzy Popieluszko – says Dr. Charles Nawrocki, head of the Institute of National Remembrance OBEP in Gdansk.
Name of the blessed will receive a New Embankment on Young City, crossing the former shipyard sites, running near the monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers and the European Solidarity Centre. – An excellent location and very prestigious place, frequented by tourists – enjoys Dr. Nawrocki. – New Wałowa has become in the future the Solidarity heart of the district where others will also be memorialized opposition activists and people of “Solidarity” – he added.
Recall that the initiative to name one of the streets named Blessed Gdansk. Fr.. George came out a few months earlier Gdansk branch of the Institute of National Remembrance. IPN wrote in this regard to the President of the City Council Bogdan Oleszka. IPN letter were sent to the committee of culture and promotion at the Gdansk City Council. More on this topic HERE .
– We are pleased with the rapid reaction of the city authorities. It is hard to imagine that in Gdansk, which is the cradle of “Solidarity”, its patron did not have its street. Especially in the context of falling in the 35th year anniversary of the “S” – emphasizes K. Nawrocki.
Ks. Popieluszko united numerous links with Gdansk. In August of 1981. He participated, among others, the sacrifice of the cross on Westerplatte and the inserted unveiling a plaque on the wall of the Gdansk Shipyard, honoring the victims of the December ’70. On the other hand, during the First National Congress of the “Solidarity” was responsible for preparing the daily morning Mass. The future blessed was friends with Father. Henryk Jankowski, pastor of the parish. St. Bridget.
Few people know that it was while returning from Gdansk made the first, yet unsuccessful attempt on Father. Popieluszko. This took place October 13, 1984 year. – On the way back to Warsaw, unknown assailants threw Fr. car. George stones. The vehicle skidded, but the driver narrowly escaped an accident – explains Fr.. Dr. Jaroslaw Wąsowicz, historian, author of “The Gdansk footsteps of Fr. George”.
Unfortunately, a week later, secret police carried out again, this time successful attempt on the life chaplain “Solidarity”