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This Happened — June 5: Tank Man Photograph

The famous tank man photo is an iconic image captured during the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China, on this day in 1989. The photo depicts an unidentified Chinese man standing in front of a column of tanks, blocking their path.

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Who took the tank man photo?

The tank man photo was taken by AP photographer Jeff Widener. He captured the image from a sixth-floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel, overlooking Chang'an Avenue, where the confrontation between the lone protester and the tanks took place.

What happened during the Tiananmen Square protests?

The Tiananmen Square protests were a pro-democracy movement in China that took place in 1989. The protests, primarily led by students, called for political reforms, freedom of speech, and an end to corruption. The Chinese government declared martial law and deployed troops and tanks to suppress the protests. The demonstrations culminated in a violent crackdown on June 3-4, resulting in perhaps thousands of deaths, and widespread international condemnation.

What is the significance of the tank man photo?

The tank man photo has become a powerful symbol of peaceful resistance and defiance against oppression. It represents the courage and determination of ordinary individuals to stand up against overwhelming odds. The image has become an enduring icon of human rights and the fight for freedom, resonating with people around the world.

What happened to the tank man of Tiananmen?

The identity and fate of the tank man in the photo remain unknown. After his act of defiance, he was pulled aside and escorted away by a group of people. It is unclear what happened to him afterward, and his whereabouts and identity have never been definitively confirmed. His actions and his fate remain a subject of speculation and admiration.

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The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

Based on conversations with author and psychotherapist Gregorz Dzedzić, who is part of the Polish diaspora in Chicago, as well as the diary entries of generations of Polish immigrants, journalist Joanna Dzikowska has crafted a narrative that characterizes the history of the community, from its beginnings to its modern-day assimilation.

The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Polish diaspora was still quite insular.

Joanna Dzikowska

“There were instances when people came here from Polish villages, in traditional shoes and clothing, and, the next day, everything was burned, and I no longer recognized the people who came up to me, dressed and shaved in the American fashion. The newly-dressed girls quickly found husbands, who in turn had to cover all of their new wives’ expenses. There were quite a lot of weddings here, because there were many single men, so every woman — lame, hunchbacked or one-eyed — if only a woman, found a husband right away."

- From the diary of Marcel Siedlecki, written from 1878 to 1936

CHICAGO — To my father, Poland was always a country with a deep faith in God and the strength of Polish honor. When he spoke about Poland, his voice turned into a reverent whisper.

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