World: Gomulka: The Man Who Meant Poland

THROUGHOUT the week of rioting in Poland, the name of Wladyslaw Gomulka was conspicuously absent from the hortatory broadcasts of Radio Warsaw. To students of Communist behavioral psychology, the silent treatment was sure evidence that the remarkable and rebellious compromiser was struggling mightily behind the scenes to save his job.

There were ironies aplenty in the situation. As every Pole knows, it was the "bread and freedom" riots of Poznan that carried Gomulka to power in 1956; he was heralded then as the man who could hold the country together. In his own...

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