Poland: Spreading Purges

Despite a warming spring sun and blue skies, Warsaw last week was a gloomy and uneasy city. The press had a strident, scolding tone. Normally talkative Poles suddenly felt it more prudent to avoid the few Westerners who have lately managed to get entry visas, and the government became stricter about letting Poles leave the country. Everywhere there seemed to be larger numbers than usual of plainclothes policemen and other shadowy characters. The country's severest purge since the bloodless revolution of 1956, which had started off a few weeks earlier by concentrating on the Jews...

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