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Life in PRL

Edward Gierek, Polish Leader from Decade 1970-1980

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.

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Culture in Poland during Communism

Access to culture, the real culture, not a mass culture type of Disneyland and talk show was quite good in Poland. Maybe, it was caused by a fact that because of not having so many attractive and tempting products people concentrate on something more spiritual, maybe because they did not have so much access to the "easy" culture like komix books, shut out movies etc. Of course some of the cultural programs were "painted" with ideological propaganda but people learn how to separate the fruit from the

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Poland at the End of communist Era

My childhood from what I remember embraces the end of sixties and the beginning of seventies. The time when communism was still strong in Poland. Communism did pass already its worst period - after the WW II, the unification of the communistic parties, incarceration and even death executions for some non-communists just because they were consider a danger for a communistic regime. The worst Stalin times were over.

I still remember from my childhood the turbulent 1968. It seems that this year was a turnover all around the world especially among young generation. I remember my mother very anguished after coming back home from work - she used to work in downtown of Krakow. She saw police throwing gases into rebellious student protesters.

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