“Wniebowzięte” A real life of flight attendants in the People’s Republic of Poland.
Meeting with Anna Sulińska, the author of the book “Wniebowzięte”. A real life of flight attendants in the People’s Republic of Poland.
Saturday, 19 August, 16.00, a cinema hall in the Museum of Emigration.
In 1945, six girls, two decades later – approximately twenty, meet the taste of flying in Poland. Every year there are more of them. They speak foreign languages, they are young, beautiful and very well-educated.
They travel to the West, buy fashionable clothes, eat caviar and drink champagne, travel with actors, athletes, sleep in the best hotels, earn dollars, they go to receptions at embassies. And all this during working hours. Total freedom provided for a fly attendant in the People’s Republic of Poland. The profession, and actually the occupation, as claimed by hundreds of jealous people, involved good looking, going on the board and providing passengers with sandwiches.
All this is true. But partial.
At the same time, they worked twelve hours a day for nearly three days in a month. They had to cope with fatigue, with difficult passengers, security services and tax collectors.
The flight attendants working in the Polish Airlines LOT in the People’s Republic of Poland were silent for years. Undervalued, often overlooked in the history of the Polish aviation, tells how their life really looked. They talk about their dreams, freedom, independence and the price they had to pay for it.
Anna Sulińska, the author of reportage “Wniebowzięte”, will tell how their lives really looked and what was the price to making their dreams of freedom come true.
The meeting will be run by Monika Sołoduszkiewicz, the journalist of Trojmiasto.pl portal.
Anna Sulińska – a graduate of sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Polish School of Reportage. A scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She published in “Wysokie Obcasy” and “Duży Format”. From Monday to Friday, she examines the market and consumers, and writes in every free moment.