Wroclaw – 2

Excerpt from the new book about visiting Poland and The Baltics.

In case you think there’s something offensive going on in Wroclaw, there isn’t. There’s a political point at play. These gnomes are a reference to the symbol of the Orange Alternative a communist-era dissident group that used ridicule as a potent, yet understated weapon. The Orange Alternative was founded in the early 1980s by Waldemar Fydrych a Wroclaw University graduate in Fine Arts. The Alternative painted a gnome or gnomes on walls where the government had previously painted over anti-government graffiti, thereby drawing attention to the message displayed there previously. Gnomes serve as a reminder of the past. The Orange Alternative are still a small political force in Poland.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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