POLAND: The New Treason

In Communist-dominated Poland, defendants in the nearly continuous political trials usually "confess" and "repent" before the ax falls. But last week, from a crude, unpainted witness box in the center of a Warsaw courtroom, a courageous Pole on trial for his life departed from the Moscow purge trial tradition and spoke his unrepentant mind. Poles considered his behavior sensational.

The accused was tall, bespectacled, 51-year-old Waclaw Lipinski. His life story contained other acts of courage. In 1939, when Warsaw was besieged by the Wehrmacht, Lipinski repaired the damaged Radio Warsaw, so that...

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