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Kolejka | Queue

board game

In 1980, the independent Polish trade union "Solidarnosc" (Solidarity) organized and soon rose to political force. It consistently battled the communist government then in power and in 1989 helped establish the first partially free and democratic parliamentary elections there. The Solidarity movement heralded the collapse of communist regimes in Poland and across Europe. Today, a Polish government think tank, The Institute of National Remembrance, researches and makes public crimes committed during the Nazi and communist regimes in Poland from 1939 until 1989. In 2011, the Institute published a board game in six languages, called "Queue" in English. The purpose of this game is to educate younger people about the hardships citizens faced under the former system and before free market capitalism. It turns out that both young and old enjoyed playing the game, with its tongue-in-cheek dark humor poking a bit of fun at Poland's "bad old days." The game consistently sold out of its production runs in Poland and in many parts of Europe.

  • Designer: Karol Madaj
  • Manufacturer: The Institute of National Remembrance
  • Material: printed paper | cardboard | wood | paint
  • Origin: Poland
  • Style: wealth | politics
  • Object ID: 113.2631
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