13 Donuts

30-minute radio drama by Hedwig Gorski

Logline: Polish American immigrant family and friends learn of martial law declared on Dec. 13, 1981, in Poland while settled into the culture of life in New Orleans' Seventh Ward.


     The radio play is written in honor of the ordinary working people of Poland who changed the destiny of Eastern Europe and the world. Solidarity=s actions and unified courageous efforts against the imperialist oppression of the U.S.S.R. changed the course of history.

     After Lech Walesa=s Soviet-ordered arrest on December 13, 1981, when General Jaruzelski declared martial law on that fateful Sunday morning, Solidarity grew stronger and democratic nations around the world supported the Polish people and their tenacious struggle for freedom.

     In 1989, Lech Walesa became Poland=s first democratically elected president since the end of World War II. With the encouragement of Poland=s success, other Soviet satellite nations fell away from Soviet communism like dominoes. Eventually, Russia, too, chose democracy,

marking the end of the dangerous Cold War between the U.S.S.R. and the United States.

     It is my hope that this radio drama will be produced and broadcast to commemorate the  twentieth anniversary, on Dec. 13, 2001, of the historic event which was so seemingly catastrophic for the cause of freedom in Eastern Europe. At the time, Lech Walesa predicted that Jaruzelski=s action, in reality, placed a nail in the coffin of communist imperialism. HE WAS RIGHT.

     With the impetus of Polish-American communities in the United States, this country took a strong stand in favor of Walesa and the Solidarity trade union.