Poland: A Break for a Company Man

Few Communists, whatever their feelings about the invasion of Czechoslovakia, managed to turn a profit by it. But for Poland's aging, doctrinaire Party Boss Wladyslaw Gomulka, Russia's tanks and troops performed an invaluable eleventh-hour salvage job. As one who has recently based his career on being Moscow's company man, Gomulka rates especially warm treatment from the Kremlin during times of Communist stress—and the Soviets have never needed him more. As a result, Czechoslovakia has enabled Gomulka to overcome— for the present—the most serious challenge to his leadership in his twelve years...

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