A native of Poland, Zlatkes was a poet working in Poland’s experimental theater movement in the summer of 1980 when he witnessed the signing of the agreement between striking workers and Communist Party leaders in the Gdansk Shipyard.
He later worked for Solidarity as a journalist and wrote at various times for the most influential publications of resistance and later briefly worked as a foreign desk editor for the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
He also was a leader in the draft resistance movement Freedom and Peace Movement – the first independent peace group in the communist world, and was arrested several times in the days before the opening of an international peace conference in Warsaw in May 1987.
Zlatkes earned his master’s degree in library science from Simmons college and also has degrees from Warsaw University and Hebrew College, Brookline.
On Solidarity Movement in Poland
Zlatkes was in Poland during the 1980s and witnessed and participated in many of the seminal moments of the Solidarity Movement. He can speak on the Freedom and Peace Movement, the Communist Party, and the historic actions at the Gdansk Shipyard.
Zlatkes translates poetry from Polish to English and from English to Polish.