Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Tuesday, 31 July 2001 17:00
Edward Gierek was born in a poor village in industrial Polish region Zaglebie in 1913. People were joking that if the dog is waging a tail in one farm, its tail extends to the neighbor´s farm. His father was a miner and died in a mining accident when Edward was 4 years old.
Soon his family (his mather remarried) decided to leave for France. Edward started working when he was 12 years old - first on a farm and later in potassium salt mine. When he was 17 he became a member of the French Communistic Party. He was so active organizing strikes that the French authorities deported him to Poland in 1934. Soon afterwards he was called to the army.