The Darkness Descends

Freedom is extinguished and a nation is held hostage by its own army

"Polish [is a] nationality [that is] not so much alive as surviving, which persists in thinking, breathing, speaking, hoping, and suffering in its grave, railed in by a million bayonets."

—Joseph Conrad, 1911

The silence of the bayonet fell on Poland last week. To a degree unprecedented in Europe since the end of World War II, a modern nation was sealed off from the outside world. In the icy cold of a savage winter, the country's telephone and telex lines were cut. What little news reached the...

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