Friday, June 18, 2004

Jacek Kuron, RIP 

Jacek Kuron, a veteran of the anti-communist opposition in Poland, has died at the age of 70, from throat cancer (he was a chain-smoker).

Kuron started of as a communist, but in his youth became disillusioned with the system and broke away from the Party. No one would ever describe him as a right-winger (he remained a committed social democrat), but in the 1970s and 80s he was instrumental in providing intellectual backbone, first to the scattered opposition and then to "Solidarity". As Lech Walesa said about him yesterday, "without Jacek it would have been impossible."

The "Daily Telegraph" notes:

"Mr Kuron served several jail sentences as well as two terms as Poland's labour minister after the collapse of communism."
Too much for one person to bear, I would think.

There passes away a good leftie. Rest in peace, Kuron, but for God's sake, lay off the smokes.


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