On the Road: Polish Modernization from the Perspective of the Anthropology of the Motorway

  • Waldemar Kuligowski
  • Agata Stanisz

Abstract

On Wednesday, July 4, 2014, the A2 motorway connecting Warsaw with the Polish–German border was given the name of the “Freedom Motorway.” The official ceremony was attended by the Polish president Bronis ł aw Komorowski and the German president Joachim Gauck. The presidents unveiled a plaque with the motorway’s name and planted a tree—the Freedom Oak. In his speech, President Komorowski said that the Freedom Motorway “connects and will connect not only as a transport route, but also in terms of mutual friendship and respect.” German president Gauck described his visit to Poland as “a kind of pilgrimage,” serving as a reminder that “we regained our freedom and it all began here in Warsaw” (“Polish and German presidents…” 2014). The tree planted by both presidents—the “Freedom Oak”—marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of communism. Tolls for using A2 were symbolically waived on this day.

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© Hana Cervinkova, Michal Buchowski, and Zdeněk Uherek 2015

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  • Waldemar Kuligowski
  • Agata Stanisz

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