POLAND: Fission

The Polish Peasant Party, once the largest in Poland, began to show distinct signs of fission last week. Through the German occupation it stood stoutly against pressure from without; now it was splitting from pressure from within.

The pressure centered mainly about the greying heads of the two Peasant Party Ministers who had joined the new Government of National Unity; Vice-Premier Stanislaw Mikolajczyk (who had come from London) and Wladyslaw Kiernik. A lot had happened since Mikolajczyk finally heeded the bidding of the U.S. and Britain to join the Warsaw regime. Most significant: the new 21-man Government (16 of them...

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