Book Lech, Leszek. To Win Freedom



On 4 June 2019, let us celebrate together what we have achieved together - freedom.

“30 years of Freedom”

This is a broad educational project aimed at making Poles aware of the importance of the political and economic changes of 30 years ago for the development of Poland.

We are planning:

  1. Virtual museum '89, portal popularising knowledge about the transformation of Poland
  2. Social campaign for young people
  3. Entrepreneur as a Hero of Transformation, a series of films about the role of entrepreneurs in the success of the Polish economy
  4. Economic Comics, special edition of FOR Foundation's educational project
  5. An exceptional book "Lech, Leszek. To Win Freedom" published by the ZNAK Publishing Group edited by Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska and in cooperation with the Lech Wałęsa Institute.
  6. The "How to Catch Up To the West" report on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the announcement of the Balcerowicz Plan

The book will premiere on 4 June 2019.

The most important conversation of 2019 in Poland!

Poland began its political and economic transformations as the first in 1989, even before the fall of the Berlin Wall, providing an example to other Eastern European countries.

Freedom is of fundamental importance for democracy. In 1989 many people laid the foundations for Poland's future success, including Lech Wałęsa, the founder of "Solidarity" and later president of the Republic of Poland, and Leszek Balcerowicz, the author of the Polish economic transformation.

What is freedom for two architects of Polish democracy Lech Wałęsa and Leszek Balcerowicz? How did their actions and decisions lead to democratic changes in Poland? And is freedom given once and for all?

These and other important questions are answered by the book, which is a record of the first conversation between the authors of the Polish transformation, the publication of which would not have been possible without your support.



Lech Wałęsa


The struggle of "Solidarity" after many years brought results, which everyone can observe with their own eyes. It indicated the direction, the way of action that is now affecting millions of people around the world


An excerpt from Lech Walesa's speech in front of the joint meeting of Congress in Washington (US) on 15 November 1989

Leszek Balcerowicz


If I were to compare [Poland] with my ideas of 1989, the reality has far exceeded my dreams. We started the best period in our history in the last three hundred years


Quote from the book "Trzeba się bić z PiS o Polskę" ("One Has to fight with the Law and Justice Party [PiS] Over Poland"), Warsaw, 2016


Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska

Journalist and political reporter, currently at TVN24 ("Fakty" and "Fakty po Faktach"); deals mainly with topics related to politics and the Church; a graduate of Polish philology at Jagiellonian University; she was the parliamentary rapporteur for Wiadomości TVP1 for many years and is also an author of books and documentary films.

Donate - PLN 1000, GBP 250, EUR 300, USD 350

By donating you support one of the biggest civic initiative on the occasion of 30 years of freedom in Poland!

As a thank you for your support each Donor will receive:

1. a certificate of donation and a thank you for your support

2. a copy of the book from the first edition together with the autographs of the authors*

3. an invitation to the book debut and all the events held within the "30 Years of Freedom" project

* Donation in foreign currency includes price of international shipping within EU and US

One person can make any number of donations.

We encourage you to use this form of project support, which may also be an exceptional gift for your loved ones.

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