Letters to the Media of October 20, 2017

  • Piotr Szczęsny Independent Researcher
  • Bogna M. Konior Lingnan University
Keywords: letters, protest, Poland

Abstract

Along with the leaflet, Piotr Szczęsny wrote two short letters, referred to as “Letters to the Media.” They were handed over by Szczęsny’s family to the major media outlets and published on October 20, 2017. The translation is based on the original publication in Oko.Press, October 20, 2017, www.oko.press/piotr-s-szary-czlowiek-zyje-czescpamieci.

Author(s): Piotr Szczęsny

Title (English): Letters to the Media of October 20, 2017

Translated by (Polish to English): Bogna M. Konior

Journal Reference: Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 15, No. 1-2 (Summer 2018)

Publisher: Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje 

Page Range: 164-165

Page Count: 2

Citation (English): Piotr Szczęsny, “Letters to the Media of October 20, 2017,” translated from the Polish by Bogna M. Konior, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 15, No. 1-2 (Summer 2018): 164-165.

Author Biography

Piotr Szczęsny, Independent Researcher

Piotr Szczęsny (1968-2017) was a Polish chemist, a training officer, an NGO worker and a member of the Polish Mensa Society. In his youth, he took part in the Solidarity protests, but - according to his own assessment - his engagement with politics had been casual. He was never part of the formal opposition movements in Poland. On October 19, 2017, he selfimmolated in protest of Poland’s ruling party, PiS (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość [Law and Justice]). He died at the hospital ten days later. His self-immolation caused an emotional debate in the Polish media, with commentators on both sides of the political spectrum accusing him of being mentally ill. He is survived by his two children, both of whom were doctoral candidates at the time of his death, and a wife he spent thirty years with, who is a pharmacist.

Published
2018-06-01
How to Cite
Szczęsny, P., & Konior, B. (2018). Letters to the Media of October 20, 2017. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 15(1-2), 164-165. Retrieved from http://identitiesjournal.edu.mk/index.php/IJPGC/article/view/343