We Cannot Be Beaten

TIME'S Eastern European Bureau Chief Richard Hornik spent the first ten days of Poland's state of emergency in Gdansk and Warsaw, operating as best he could under a communications blackout, tight censorship and restrictions on travel. Last week he flew from Warsaw to Paris, where he wrote this firsthand account of life under General Jaruzelski 's martial-law regime. His report:

"They should know that we cannot be beaten," said a 30-year-old Pole. "It may take three or five years, but we will be back." That sort of spirit has made it impossible to "beat"...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!