Rarely, the passing of an individual marks the end of an era. Karol Modzelewski's death was one such case. The historian and one of the founders of the Polish trade union Solidarity died 28. April at a hospital in Warsaw. Unfortunately, he leaves a country ruled by a populist government that could have been prevented if Modzelewski's warnings had been followed.
Modzelewski was what philosopher Hannah Arendt would have called an actor – both a "doer" and a "sufferer" – in many of the central political movements of the last 80 years. His life could have filled at least one chapter in any book on European history.
He was born as Kirill Budniewicz in Moscow during Stalin's purge campaign, which demanded both his grandfather's. . .
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