Poland: A Symptom

The heavy-set man in a neatly pressed blue suit and beret stepped out of War saw's shabby district court at 127 General Swierczewski Street into a welcoming crowd of 300, mostly writers and students. They surrounded the old man and patted him on the back. Two girls embraced him and handed him red roses. Said he: "All the nice people seem to be here." Melchior Wankowicz, 72, one of Poland's most popular novelists, had just been convicted by the not-so-nice people in courtroom No. 16 of "slandering the People's Republic of Poland."...

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