A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 28, 1981

When the military cracked down last week in Poland, TIME'S team was on the inside, behind the wall of silence, pushing to get the story out. The night that a "state of war" was declared by the Polish government, Correspondents Richard Hornik and Gregory Wierzynski and Photographer Henri Bureau were already in Gdansk, covering what turned out to be the last meeting of the Solidarity union's national commission. Photographer David Burnett, on assignment for TIME, was in Warsaw. In the capital, at least at first, near normality reigned—sunshine, snow and only a few soldiers. "Getting the right picture to show the...

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