More about Lublin

Lublin has been critical to Poland's post-war political scenario. In 1944, a group called the Lublin Committee garnered enough strength to introduce communism in the country, and took the reigns of power. For the next four decades, Poland was in the thrall of a communist party and Lublin became the first Polish post war capital (Warsaw claimed this title a year later, when it was liberated). In 1980 Lublin once again found itself center stage in yet another infamous union movement - this time to over throw the communist regime.

An organized workers' strike, which started in one factory and then spread like wildfire in the other factories and even surrounding regions, was successful in getting economic concessions to the workers. More importantly, it was this event that further spiraled and eventually led to the formation of an independent trade union, the Solidarity, which was an anti-communist, social movement.

When reading this one would think that Lublin is city that is still reeling from the burden of its past. Nothing could be further from the truth. While it draws lessons and inspirations from its history, it is a forward looking city, which aspires to be a modern cosmopolitan, able to meet the challenges of the present day. It is the seat of several famous and old universities, notably the Maria Curie- Sklodowska University and the Technical University of Lublin. It also has several newer institutions of higher education like the Lublin School of Business. These college students lend a special character to the city - an air of youth and vitality.