The World: Poland's New Regime: Gifts and Promises

WITH a new if not precisely fresh face as its leader, Poland last week struggled to recover from the week of bloody riots that tumbled Wladyslaw Gomulka from power after 14 years as First Secretary of his nation's Communist Party. From comrades on all levels, fraternal messages of support poured into Warsaw for his successor: Edward Gierek, 57, the tall, burly boss of the Silesian mining area. Russia's Leonid Brezhnev hailed his new opposite number in Poland as "a sincere friend of the Soviet Union and a staunch international Communist." Germany's gruff old Walter Ulbricht, who has opposed recent Polish efforts...

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