Our special guest Peter Dunn of The Radharc Trust will present four films about Poland. These videos were made for RTE by Radharc – Religious TV Series.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 6 p.m
Polish Social and Cultural Association in Dublin
Address: 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
This film gives an insight into how the Catholic Church rose again after the destruction of World War 2. It also includes footage of Auschwitz concentration camp and an account of the life and death of Fr. Maximilian Kolbe.
Dur: 26 mins
An account of the fight for survival of religion in Poland under 25 years of communist persecution. The film includes footage of the large Czestochowa pilgrimage, Nova Huta's famous church and interviews with outspoken leaders.
Solidarity and the Church
The extraordinary political developments in Poland owe much to Perestroika. But they also owe much to the influence of Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pope, and to the unusual historical position whereby Poles traditionally saw the Catholic Church as a symbol of their national independence. This programme includes interviews with Cardinal Glemp and Lech Walesa.
Poland, an agricultural country, could not grow enough food to feed its own population. Polish industry was similarly antiquated and most consumer goods had to be imported. In 1989, faced with seemingly insoluble economic problems the Communist Party chose to sit down with its old enemy Solidarity and share power with it.