In December of 1981, Margaret Wieczorek and her husband were married in Communist Poland. They’d planned on leaving the country, but within a week of their wedding the government declared a state of martial law. This meant that movement within the country was severely restricted and their plans for leaving had to be put on hold.
A few months from now, Margaret, her husband Andy and their daughter Agatha will celebrate 30 years in the United States. Agatha brought her mom to the StoryCorps booth recently and asked her about the decision to marry and what it meant to leave Poland.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.