The Dark History Buried in a Polish Coal Mine

PHOTOS: Photographer Daniel Tchetchik accompanied coal miners down the shaft and into the heart of the mine.

Daniel Tchetchik
Daniel Tchetchik
Polish coal miners.
Polish coal miners.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Daniel Tchetchik
Daniel Tchetchik

In Wujek, a coal mine in the Polish city of Katowice, the concepts of time and space get blurred.

Photographer Daniel Tchetchik accompanied the workers down the shaft and into the heart of the mine. In 1981 military and police forces entered the mine to stop a workers' strike; nine of the miners were killed. Still, despite its history, one worker says he "wouldn't trade this job for anything. Actually, maybe to be a tour guide of the place."

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