POLAND: Without Bloodshed?

Poles saw the news in their Sunday papers this week. With simple relief many said: "It's good he got away. Otherwise they would have hanged him." Short, rumpled Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, Polish Peasant Party leader, had disappeared. With him went the last organized opposition to control of Poland by Moscow-trained Communists.

Mikolajczyk was a Pole who believed in freedom of thought, press, political opinion. He fought, then fled the Nazis in 1939; returned in 1945 when U.S. and British pressure resulted in Stalin ordering the Moscow-created Polish provisional government to make a place for him. A rigged election (TIME, Jan. 27)...

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