POLAND: The Comrade & the Cardinal

No democracy could have managed it. Of the 18 million eligible voters in Poland's free general election last week, 94.14% went to the polls, and of that number, 98.5% voted the straight Communist ticket. The result, which surprised even the Communists, was no indication of how the Polish people feel about Communism: it merely showed how much they preferred the Polish brand of Communism to Soviet intervention. Roman Catholic Cardinal Wyszynski, recently freed from a Communist prison, had quietly advocated support of the party ticket, and his...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!