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

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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