POLAND: Darkness on the Mountain

Throughout their country's heartbreaking history of being partitioned, conquered, occupied and finally reduced to a satellite, the Poles have clung tenaciously to the Roman Catholic Church, not only as their faith, but also as the most enduring symbol of their fervent nationalism. Almost the first thing that Communist Boss Wladyslaw Gomulka did when he came to power after the anti-Soviet uprisings of 1956 was to release Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski from detention and give to Poland, which is 95% Catholic, a degree of religious freedom unknown in any other Communist nation. That was...

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