Poland: Straining for Harmony

A determined spirit of conciliation in the face of peril

"We hate strikes," Union Leader Lech Walesa told a group of journalists last week. That remarkable statement by the organizer of last summer's mass shipyard strike was symptomatic of the conspicuous spirit of conciliation that both labor and government strained to maintain as Poland's year of peril came to a close. Communist Party Boss Stanislaw Kania demonstratively placed wreaths on monuments that had been erected in the northern port cities of Gdansk and Gdynia to honor workers killed by police and troops in...

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