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Poster Announcing Martial Law in Poland

Poster: Obwieszczenie o wprowadzeniu stanu wojennego ze wzgledu na bezpieczenstwo panstwa [The announcement of the introduction of martial law for the sake of state security].

[Warsaw, but actually Moscow?], 1981. Broadside, measuring 60 × 43 cm., printed to recto. Folded along the horizontal and vertical axis. Very light wear to edges; still about very good.

An original poster announcing the introduction of Martial Law in December 13, 1981, which was hung in the streets and public places throughout Poland. The proclamation outlined the directives of the Martial Law including a strict curfew, temporary suspension of school and university classes, sealing off all borders, closure of airports, criminalization of independent political organizations, etc. The announcement provoked protests during which dozens of people were killed and thousands arrested. Signed by the Chairman of the State Council of the People’s Republic of Poland, at the time Henryk Jabłoński (1909–2003), the Polish head of state in 1972–1985. The Martial Law was in effect until July 22, 1983, although many political prisoners remained in prison until the general amnesty of 1986.

Recent research has suggested that the posters were in fact printed in Moscow as early as September of 1981, well before the introduction of Martial Law, and later transported to Poland. See, for example: https://przystanekhistoria.pl/pa2/teksty/29152,Malo-znana-historia-obwieszczenia-o-wprowadzeniu-stanu-wojennego.html

As of December 2020, KVK, OCLC show no copies outside Poland.

Book ID: 51113

Price: $350.00