To help raise funds for the impressive monument unveiled in the Polish port of Gdansk on Tuesday, (16 December) pictures and sculptures donated by local artists went under the auctioneer's hammer two days earlier.
GV Old Mill building Gdansk with placards
CU INTERIOR Bogdan Lis of Solidarity Presidium showing photograph for sale, PULL OUT TO GV
CU Woman making bid
CU Auctioneer and women listening (2 shots)
CU Auctioneer bangs hammer to conclude a sale
GV EXTERIOR Gdansk ZOOM IN TO Monument
SV Crowd around monument
GV PAN DOWN Monument TO Reliefs round base (4 shots)
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Background: To help raise funds for the impressive monument unveiled in the Polish port of Gdansk on Tuesday, (16 December) pictures and sculptures donated by local artists went under the auctioneer's hammer two days earlier.
SYNOPSIS: The auction was held in the Old Mill building in Gdansk.
The profits were given to the new free trade union, Solidarity and Mr. Bogdan Lis of the union's presidium was on hand to help increase the sales. The memorial to the victims of the workers' riots ten years earlier, was reported to have cost about six hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
All the money, according to the construction committee, came from voluntary contributions and fund-raising schemes like this auction. Black arm bands, rosettes and other mementos of the anniversary were sold to the massed crowd at the unveiling ceremonies.
the 1970 riots, which erupted after sharp rises in meat prices, were never mentioned in the official media until last summer. It was then that the strikers demanded the right to erect a monument to those killed.
The monument was designed and built in four months. The 120 foot (36.5 mtrs) high crosses represent the soaring hopes raised by Poland's three post war upheavals--1956, 1970 and 1980. The words inscribed on the wall next to the monuments read "They gave their lives so that we may live in dignity". The official figures are forty-five dead and eleven hundred and sixty-five injured.