POLAND: The Blind

Some of his fellow Communists, said Poland's President Boleslaw Bierut, had been "politically blind." What they had not seen was the Red handwriting on the wall: Stalin had slated Poland for all-out economic and military colonization. A purge of the blind was inevitable.

Last week Wladyslaw Gomulka, once the country's No. 1 Communist but for some time past under suspicion of being a Titoist, was expelled from the Communist Party Central Committee. Vice Minister of Justice Zenon Kliszko and Minister of Construction Spychalski were also kicked out. All were denounced as "masked enemies, provocateurs, saboteurs and traitors"—a few of the epithets...

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