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German President In Poland For Solidarity Celebrations

30 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- German President Horst Koehler arrived in Poland today for a three-day visit to attend celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union.

Koehler is to meet with Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski for bilateral discussions, ahead of his attendance on 31 August at the anniversary celebrations.

Solidarity -- the Communist bloc's first independent trade union -- is credited with sparking events throughout the region that eventually helped achieve the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Koehler, who was born in 1943 in a village in Nazi-occupied eastern Poland before his family fled to Germany after World War II, is also to honor the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and Warsaw Uprisings.


See also:

"Solidarity -- The Trade Union That Changed The World"

"Interview With Solidarity Ideologue Bronislaw Geremek"