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Dec 27, 2014 7:57 AM

Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak died in US

The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza says that poet, translator, dissident and former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home. He was 68.

Baranczak suffered from Parkinson's disease, which made him quit his Harvard job in 1997 after 16 years there. He died in Newtonville near Boston early Friday, Gazeta said.

His poems written in Poland in the 1960s and '70s ridiculed the absurdities of the communist system. He co-founded the Workers' Defense Committee (KOR) in 1977, following a brutal communist crackdown on protesting workers. For his activity he was fired from the Adam Mickiewicz University in his native Poznan.

In 1981 he got a three-year contract as lecturer at Harvard but stayed on, as the communists imposed martial law against the Solidarity freedom movement.


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