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Paweł Adamowicz

Paweł Bogdan Adamowicz ([ˈpavɛw ˈbɔɡdan adaˈmɔvʲit͡ʂ], 2 November 1965 – 14 January 2019) was a Polish politician and lawyer who served as Mayor of the city of Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, from 1998 until his assassination in 2019.[2]

Paweł Adamowicz
Pawel Adamowicz - Prezydent Gdanska.jpg
Mayor of Gdańsk
In office
26 October 1998 – 14 January 2019
Preceded byTomasz Posadzki
Succeeded byAleksandra Dulkiewicz (Acting)
Personal details
Born
Paweł Bogdan Adamowicz

(1965-11-02)2 November 1965
Gdańsk, People's Republic of Poland
Died14 January 2019(2019-01-14) (aged 53)
Gdańsk, Poland[1]
Cause of deathAssassination by stabbing
Political partyIndependent (2015–2019)
Other political
affiliations
Liberal Democratic Congress (1990–1994)
Conservative Party (1994–1997)
Conservative People's Party (1997–2001)
Civic Platform (2001–2015)
Spouse(s)
Magdalena Abramska
(m. 1999; his death 2019)
Children2

Adamowicz was one of the organizers of the 1988 Polish strikes before becoming the head of the strike committee. In 1990, he was elected to the Gdańsk City Council, chairing the body from 1994 during his second term and holding this post until 1998.[3] He was elected Mayor of Gdańsk in 1998 and reelected in 2002 with 72% of the vote.[4] In 2018, he was reelected as an Independent.[5] He was known as a liberal, progressive figure, speaking in support of LGBT rights, immigration, and minority groups such as Kashubians.[6]

On 13 January 2019, Adamowicz was stabbed during a live charity event in Gdańsk by a former inmate, who was released from prison a month prior to the assassination. Adamowicz died the following day from his injuries, at the age of 53.

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Early life and educationEdit

Adamowicz was born in Gdańsk. His parents Ryszard and Teresa were Polish economists, who were resettled to Poland from Vilnius, Soviet Lithuania, in 1946.[7] Paweł later recalled that his parents were suspicious of the communist system and party propaganda. "Like many Poles of our generation, [my] brother and I have thus been shaped against the obligatory official history; since childhood we have known not only the sinister wording of the Gestapo abbreviation, but also the NKVD; we perfectly understood what is behind the names of distant places: Kazakhstan, Siberia, Katyn. We hardly saw a place for ourselves in this double world."[7]

He studied law at the University of Gdańsk, where he also rose to prominence as a student movement member. He was one of the organizers of the 1988 strike, becoming the head of the strike committee.[8] Between 1990 and 1993, he served as a vice-rector for student affairs at his alma mater.[3][9]

CareerEdit

 
Adamowicz in 2014

In 1990, Adamowicz was elected a member of the city council in Gdańsk, chairing the council from 1994 in his second term, and holding this post until 1998, when he was elected the Mayor of Gdańsk.[3] On 10 November 2002 he was re-elected with 72% of the vote.[4]

He was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Golden Cross by Pope John Paul II, and the Cross of Merit in 2003 by President Aleksander Kwaśniewski.[10] In 2014 he received the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity in honour of his contributions on behalf of Polish democracy.[11]

In 2018 he was an honorary patron of the 4th Gdańsk Gay Pride Parade, in which he also participated.[12]

In November 2018, Adamowicz ran as an independent for the office of Mayor of Gdańsk and was re-elected for a sixth term, being endorsed by the Civic Platform and remaining a vocal critic of the current ruling party in Poland, Law and Justice. He was due to serve until 2023.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1999, Adamowicz married Magdalena Abramska, a law student at Gdańsk University whom he met during his studies. She later became a professor of law at the University. They have two daughters, Antonina (born 2003) and Teresa (born 2010).[5][13]

AssassinationEdit

 
Demonstration against violence in Warsaw following the assassination of Adamowicz

On 13 January 2019, Adamowicz was stabbed in the heart and through the diaphragm with a knife on stage at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event in Gdańsk and was taken to University Clinical Centre in Gdańsk in critical condition, where he underwent five hours of surgery.[14][15] He succumbed to his injuries the following day.[16][17]

The assassin was apprehended at the scene of the crime. A Gdańsk police spokesman said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in the city, named as Stefan W. by the Gdańsk prosecutor's office;[18] the spokesman also stated that the man had a "long criminal history", including four bank robberies and an attack on a police officer.[19] After stabbing the mayor, he seized the microphone and claimed false imprisonment and torture at the hands of the previous centrist Civic Platform (PO) government.[20][21][22] Adamowicz's murder was inadvertently captured on video by the many attendees of the charity event.[23]

ReactionsEdit

 
Candles arranged in the shape of a heart on the Solidarity Square in Szczecin, 16 January 2019. [24]

On 14 January, thousands attended vigils across Poland to pay their respects to Adamowicz. His widow, Magdalena, who was in London at the time of the assassination, was flown back to Poland by the Polish government.[5]

President Andrzej Duda described the attack as a "hard to imagine evil" and stated that the day of Adamowicz's funeral will be observed as a national day of mourning. Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński described the attack as "an act of inexplicable barbarism" and, on Twitter, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, "Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, a man of Solidarity and freedom, a European, my good friend, has been murdered. May he rest in peace."[19]

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, expressed "great sadness" and offered his "deepest condolences" on behalf of the European Commission.[25] The European Parliament held a minute of silence to honour Adamowicz, with President Antonio Tajani speaking of the mayor's "closeness to the people" and "ability to listen".[26] Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, described the attack as "Devastating violence ... for all of us who value public service and open, accessible democracy".[27] Anton Alikhanov, the governor of the neighbouring Kaliningrad Oblast in Russia, expressed his condolences, calling Adamowicz "our great friend" and proclaiming a minute of silence in memory of his passing.[28][29] On the day of his funeral, Pope Francis offered his condolences as well as gifts for the family of Adamowicz.[30][31]

FuneralEdit

 
Polish Scouts guarding the coffin of Paweł Adamowicz at the European Solidarity Centre prior to the funeral

On 18 January 2019, Adamowicz's coffin was decorated with white flowers and draped with the flag of Gdańsk, before being driven in a hearse from the European Solidarity Centre in the city, past schools, monuments and other places significant to the dead mayor's life. It was watched by thousands of people on screen. When the hearse reached the Church of St Mary, the city's main basilica, the coffin was brought into the church. After a mass, Adamowicz was cremated.[31][32]

On 19 January, the main funeral service was held at St Mary's Church, Gdańsk. Notable people who attended included Donald Tusk, President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, former Presidents of Poland Lech Wałęsa, Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Bronisław Komorowski, and former German President Joachim Gauck. Thousands more Poles watched the service on screens. At the end of the service, Adamowicz's ashes were laid to rest in one of the chapels of St Mary's Church in Gdansk.[31][32]

Selected awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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