On the backdrop of what has been happening recently in relation to Lech Wałęsa, I was reminded of a post I wrote almost eight years ago. I’m re-posting it for your enjoyment… The political climate in Poland is abubbling, afrothing and afoaming due to the imminent publication of SB a Lech Wałęsa (the Secret Police and […]Read More Is Wałęsa Poland’s Hero?
Gabriel Narutowicz, Poland’s first President, has been assassinated. The President was visiting the Zachęta art gallery in Warsaw. A few minutes after midday, President Narutowicz (who had only just been sworn in five days previously), arrived at Zachęta and was admiring a painting by Bronisław Kopczyński when the British ambassador William Grenfell Max-Müller together with his […]Read More Narutowicz Assasinated
Nobody could have envisaged that the thirtieth anniversary of the birth of Solidarność (in August 1980) would turn into a farce and sound the death knell for Poland’s first trade union. It is fair to say that the anniversary celebrations symbolically, yet unintentionally, brought about the end of the heroic Solidarność of August 1980. The Janusz […]Read More Death of Solidarity
The tragic death of President Lech Kaczyński and the 95 other passengers of flight 101 in Smolensk has opened up a veritable Pandora’s box of constitutional, political and moral issues. The first is whether or not President Lech Kaczyński should be buried in the hallowed chambers of Wawel Royal Castle, Kraków, final resting place of […]Read More Was Kaczyński A Hero?
Poland’s list of tragedies keeps on growing. The 10th April will live long in the memory of Poles around the world. On this day, 70 years ago, the cream of Poland’s political, cultural and intellectual elite were massacred in the forests of Katyń by Soviet officers on orders from Joseph Stalin. On the 10th April […]Read More Katyń Returns to Haunt Poland
continued from Part 2 Outrage swept the political scene in 2007 when Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) MP Barbara Blida committed suicide at home in the presence of officers of the Internal Security Agency (ABW) who had burst into her house with a warrant for her arrest. Accusations were flying everywhere. Why did the ABW officers […]Read More A Short History of the ‘Komisja Śledcza’ (Part 3)
continued from part 1 The 2005 komisja śledcza hit the headlines first of all not with its remit but rather with who did not become its chairperson. The Commission on the Privatisation of PZU decided against electing Andrzej Lepper to be its chairperson much to the annoyance of the head of Samoobrona (Self-Defence). Instead, Janusz […]Read More A Short History of the ‘Komisja Śledcza’ (Part 2)