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Work Ethics in Poland: Work Heroes and Party Actions

There were some spectacular actions especially in late forties and early fifties to improve the work efficiency. The communists were looking for young, healthy, strong and indoctrinated men and women who would follow an example of Aleksei Stachanov. Stachanov was a famous Soviet miner who initiated socialistic working competition in 1935. Stachanow was achieving incredibly high production figures. He was considered a communistic hero. "Many years later, Soviet authorities admitted that Stachanov was assisted by a team of miners when he performed his heroic feats. Workers who were following Stachanov example exceeding the norms many times were called Stachanov workers." (Ref. below)

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High inflation and the healing of economy at the end of communist era in Poland

Why there were so many problems with food? We were always convinced that all our economical problems were caused by export to Soviet Union at very cheap prices. Later I learnt that people in Soviet Union were sure that their problems were caused by sending food to other friendly countries - Poland among them.

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Period of Wild Economy and Big Hopes (III)

Solidarity, Freedom and Economic Crisis in Poland, 1980-81

During the 1980-1981 the economy in Poland was gradually becoming worse. As a result of the high inflation and inadequate supply in food and other products this time can be called "a period of wild economy". The price of dollar was increasing rapidly and the product exchange for other product rather than money became widespread.

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Food problems and the growing political opposition, 1976-1980 (II)

Read part I entitled Problems with Food in Poland During Communism.

After strikes in 1976 life was never the same.

The insufficient food supply became even more acute. Hours after announcing and denouncing the price increase in 1976 people started a panic by buying out all available food products from the market. The situation was so bad that the government had to introduce the ration coupons for sugar. The average worker and its family was allowed to buy 2 kilo of sugar per month (almost 4 lbs). It was quite enough for an average citizen but it caused a collapse of small private confectioner's shops. Although they were given more sugar it was not enough for a business. Our good Polish cakes, torts and cookies were almost completely gone. These stores, even if they still existed offered nothing else than donuts and some ordinary cookies. It also affected our apiarian (honey) industry.

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Problems with Food in Poland during Communism (Part I)

During communism the demand for food was always higher than the supply.

Since I was a child I remember people waiting in line in meat stores to buy meat or sausage. I also remember that there were times that we could not buy butter so that we had to eat a margarine that was really not tasty in these days (60-es) in Poland. Margarine, together with the Polish Saving Bank, PeKaO and state insurance, PZU, were the only products or institutions advertised in the TV in 60 and 70-es. I could not understand how anybody could be glad after eating bread with this margarine, which was really bad.

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