Poland: Smoldering Fire

Cavernous Congress Hall in down town Warsaw shook with chants and cheers. As the speaker strode to the podium, TV lights glared down upon his balding head and visibly strained face. Then some 3,000 stalwarts of Poland's Communist Party rose to their feet and sang: "May he live 100 years." All in all, it could have been a national birthday party for Party Boss Wladyslaw Gomulka—but instead it was the tensest moment in his nearly dozen years in power. After eleven days of nationwide student demonstrations, Gomulka, 63, finally spoke out in an effort to restore order to Poland....

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