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                 Old quarters of Gdnask, Poland

 

Gdnask was founded in 1033. The name of the city was changed to Danzig in the 14th century by the German conquerers. It reverted back to Gdnask after the second world war. Danzig was a very imported port for the Germans during the second world war. The city was devastated by allied bombing. Gdynia, another major port, is located only a few miles away. This is a "purely" Polish port. Gdnask is also the home of "Solidarity". When Lech Walesa won the elections by a landslide, the communist party's leader contacted Gorbachev for instructions. (Visions of Soviet tanks rolling down Budapest in '56 and then Prague in the 80's come to mind.)

Gorbachev simply replied: "Do nothing." And with those words heralded the end of the cold war,

 

 

 

  

Gdynia is a city in the Pomeranian Voivodeship of Poland and an important seaport at Gdañsk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea.

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