Lecture in language
“I grew up near the border with Czechoslovakia and I had contacts with people from the cultural underground in Harrachov, a town in the Krkonoše Mountains. We used to meet, listen to music and talk in Czech and Polish lingo. In 1979, I went to Prague with a few of those people for New Year’s Eve and I came back with an illegal recording of the Plastic People. That’s how it all started”, he describes. Mirosłav Jasiński was one of the young dissidents who started to stand up in Central Europe in mid-1980s and who did not care as much about writing social and philosophical documents as they did about particular events. At that time, Poland was the centre of opposition activities in the Eastern Bloc with a great influence on the dissident movement in other communist countries. Mirosłav and his friends tried to build a bridge between the Polish and Czech dissent through the Polish-Czechoslovak Solidarity. There was a busy operation of exchanging samizdat literature, ideas and political jokes in the mountains along the Polish and Czech border.