The Coastal Free Trade Unions: The death of Tadeusz Szczepański

On 16th January 1980 in Gdańsk, Tadeusz Szczepański, activist of the Free Trade Unions of the Coast, collaborator of Lech Wałęsa and worker of Elektromontaż, was reported missing after celebrating his successful driving examination with friends.

His naked body with the legs chopped off at the knees was found on 17th March 1980 in the Stępka Canal in the vicinity of the Ołowianka sewage pumping station. The closest relatives of Tadeusz Szczepański are in doubt regarding, inter alia, the place the body was found and its state of decay after two moths lying in water and with no traces of clothes.

During the first half of 1980, the anti-Communist opposition accused the Security Service of killing him, although this scenario was not confirmed in the course of the prosecution conducted by the Voivodeship Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk.

In 2010, a prosecutor of the Institute of National Remembrance examined the circumstances of Tadeusz Szczepański’s death, although no new evidence was established in that case.

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