Poland: The Long Night of Martial Law

A prisoner's diary tells of roaches, radios and smiling visitors

Since General Wojciech Jaruzelski imposed martial law on Poland last Dec. 13, his security forces have interned more than 6,000 officials and sympathizers of the independent trade union Solidarity. Until now, little has been known about the treatment of the 3,600 who, according to the government, are still held in about 40 camps around the country. Among the few visitors they have been permitted to receive is Archbishop Jozef Glemp, the Primate of Poland, who is said to have traveled to all the...

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