International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

Solidarity and Identity in Memorial Crosses in Gdansk
Lucyna Przybylska

Abstract
The aim of the paper is to draw attention to small and monumental crosses erected in in Gdansk, the cradle of Solidarity. The crosses, standing usually by the roads or on the hills, can be perceived as the sign of solidarity with the dead and alive as well as with the idea of freedom. They are also a visible sign of Christian identity. The inspiration for such interpretation of memorial crosses has been drawn from the analysis of polarized opinions of the portal Trojmiasto.pl users on memeorial crosses standing by roads and streets. The article also shows, giving an example of a northern Polish city, the process of sacralization of public spaces in Poland which has been taking place for three decades.

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