Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Saturday, 20 July 2002 17:00
For 40 years after WW II Poland was stuck in so called friendship, partnership and cooperation with our powerful ally from the East, Soviet Union. Officially we called it a friendship although it is hard to see any equality or partnership between a country which is the biggest in size and the second powerful in arms and a middle-sized country like Poland. The western countries called us a satellite. I would be cautious to use a term satellite however because Poland had relatively more freedom than several other countries from Eastern Block. Our agriculture was never fully socialized, our Roman Catholic Church also was never fully subdued to the regime, even in the worst times of 50-es.