In the years 1980-1981 Poland was the focus of attention of the world public opinion. The strike in Gdansk, emergence of the Solidarity movement and the imposition of the martial law echoed far and wide across the world. The article analyzes the interpretations of the Solidarity movement of 1980/1981 and its origin as presented in West German press. The authoress examines how two newspapers -'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung' and 'Frankfurter Rundschau' -reported the time of Solidarity, how they actually assessed the developments in Poland and what image of the trade unions they conveyed to their readers.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.