Be Not Afraid: The Polish (R)evolution, “Solidarity” is an introduction to the Polish non-violent resistance movement, “Solidarity.” As distinguished British historian Timothy Garton Ash has explained: Solidarity was “the icebreaker for the end of the Cold War.” Solidarity involved ten million people over a period of ten years. It freed Poland from Soviet domination. It contributed greatly to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 and to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It killed precisely no one.
Be Not Afraid: the Polish (R)evolution, “Solidarity” takes a complex topic and makes it accessible. Jokes, poems, and songs provide refreshing and illuminating pauses in the narrative. Brief, imagined eyewitness accounts arouse interest. Almost 100 archival photos document this almost unbelievable story.