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Zlo Dobrem Zwyciezaj

 
 
Zlo Dobrem Zwyciezaj Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 29, 2011
1. Zlo Dobrem Zwyciezaj Marker
Inscription.
Zlo Dobrem Zwyciezaj
This human rights monument of common field stone and steel is built in memory of Father Jerzy Popieluszko who gave his life to God and to the goals of Solidarosc – human rights, justice, peace and freedom for Poland and for all mankind. May this eternal flame of liberty and the memory of his courage and sacrifice burn forever in the hearts of all freedom loving people. Good shall vanquish evil. 1947     1984
 
Erected 1989.
 
Location. 41° 39.771′ N, 72° 47.316′ W. Marker is in New Britain, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Grand Street and Linwood Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Walnut Hill Park. Marker is in this post office area: New Britain CT 06052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salute To Women (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ye Old State House Step (about 500 feet away); 100 Birthday of Freedom Tree (about 500 feet away); City of New Britain Sesquicentennial Anniversary (about 500 feet away); Frederick "Doc" Mirliani
Zlo Dobrem Zwyciezaj Marker and Human Rights Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 29, 2011
2. Zlo Dobrem Zwyciezaj Marker and Human Rights Monument
(about 600 feet away); Charles K. Hamilton (about 700 feet away); New Britain World War I Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memoriam John F. Kennedy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Britain.
 
Also see . . .  Jerzy Popieluszko on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 4, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Peace
 
Small Plaque on the Base of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 29, 2011
3. Small Plaque on the Base of the Monument
The inspiration for our human rights monument was born in Warsaw shortly after the brutal slaying by the communists of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the courageous, outspoken, spiritual leader of the Solidarosc movement.
One night shortly after his murder the people of his parish gathered a pile of field stones as a monument before their church. The communist police, the 'zomos', tore it down the next day. The following night the people again built a similar monument, and again it was torn down. We here in Connecticut then decided to build an eternal flame, stone and steel monument that nobody would tear down. The monument was to be constructed of long-lasting steel in the form of a flame fed by common field stones placed there by people symbolizing their commitment to the goal of human rights for Poland and for all mankind.
The steel is caller Cor-ten, a type that first weathers and oxidizes to a light brown rust color, and then gradually becomes brown black, thereafter remaining unchanged for centuries.
Symbolically, the curved pieces represent flames, and the bars represent imprisonment and suppression, as under martial law. However the flames escape and burn, while the bars ironically support the flames and the principle of human rights. Each person viewing the monument will experience a symbolism particular to his own vision, though the overall message should be much the same. The plaque spells out the universal hope for human rights, freedom and peace.
Sculptor's Plate image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 29, 2011
4. Sculptor's Plate
Henry Chotkowski
Sculptor 1989
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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