Jacek Kuroń, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jacek Kuroń

Polish historian and politician

Date of Birth: 03-Mar-1934

Place of Birth: Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 17-Jun-2004

Profession: politician, historian, trade unionist

Nationality: Poland

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Jacek Kuroń

  • Jacek Jan Kuron (Polish pronunciation: ['jat?s?k 'jan 'kur??]; 3 March 1934 – 17 June 2004) was one of the democratic leaders of opposition in the People's Republic of Poland.
  • He was widely known as the "godfather of the Polish opposition," not unlike Václav Havel in Czechoslovakia.
  • Kuron was a prominent Polish social and political figure largely responsible for theorizing the movement that broke the back of communism, an ideology he initially tried to reform.
  • As an educator and historian, he first postulated the concept of a de-centered movement that would question the totalitarian system and its personality cult.
  • Kuron started out as an activist of the Polish Scouting Association trying to educate young people that would take charge of the future; he later co-founded with Antoni Macierewicz the Workers' Defence Committee or KOR, a major dissident organization that was superseded by Solidarity in August 1980.
  • After the changes in independent Poland, he ran for president supported by the likes of Jan Karski and served twice as Minister of Labour and Social Policy.
  • Kuron was the father of chef Maciej Kuron.

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