Jan Josef Lipski

Against the Current, No. 35, November/December 1991

David Finkel

JAN JOSEF LIPSKI, a central figure in the founding of the Workers Defense Committee (KOR) whose struggles led to the formation of Solidamosc, died in mid-September at age 65 in Krakow, of an anti-biotic-resistant infection of the cardiovascular system.

Lipski was also instrumental in the founding of the historic PPS, Polish Socialist Party. Among his many heroic acts, at the time of the martial law coup of December 13, 1981, Lipski, who was abroad at the time receiving treatment for his heart condition, immediately returned to Poland saying that he would not remain outside while the working class was suffering repression.

November-December 1991, ATC 35