Margaret Thatcher Visits Gdansk, video, 1988
The footage follows Margaret Thatcher's visit to Gdansk in 1988. Thatcher met with opposition leaders and discussed situation in Poland. Material gives insight into the reality of the last years of socialist Poland. It shows the admiration for Western leaders and the efforts of Polish hosts to impress the foreign guest. It also vividly shows ties between the democratic opposition and the Catholic Church.
In the footage Thatcher participates in a dinner party, hosted by Fr. Henryk Jankowski at the vicarage of St. Brygida Church (an unofficial church of the Gdansk's opposition). Despite serious deficiencies in the country, British Prime Minister is being hosted with great honours and the abundant dinner includes roasted pheasants. The video is a raw footage, recorded with an amateur camera, perfectly capturing the atmosphere of this meeting.
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Year of creation
- S4/148 VI 13A M.Thacher w Gdańsku -św. Brygida, obiad z ks. Jankowskim 1988
- Video Studio Gdańsk
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- Tołłoczko-Suchańska, Barbara