Poland: Requiem for a Dream

Solidarity: August 1980-October 1982

The end came quickly, if not unexpectedly. In the wood-and-marble chamber of Poland's Sejm (parliament) last week, row upon row of Deputies lifted their right hands high. By an overwhelming vote, they decreed the death of Solidarity, the 9 million-member independent union federation that for 16 months had shaken the entire Soviet bloc with its bold cry for freedom. That vote, approving a sweeping new trade-union law, finished the job that General Wojciech Jaruzelski had begun when he imposed martial law and suspended Solidarity last December.

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