POLAND: Polonia, Come Home

Most Communist nations in Eastern Europe treat their former citizens who have emigrated to the West like lost souls at best and traitors at worst. A notable exception is Poland. The 19-month-old regime of Edward Gierek has actively encouraged friendly ties between "Polonia," as the Polish Diaspora is known, and the Polish People's Republic. That campaign is being intensified this summer as Poland faces a special tourist boom: emigres and their descendants returning to the old country as visitors.

The chief instrument of Warsaw's policy of being friendly to Poles abroad is the Society for Liaison with Polonia, which sponsors...

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