Poland: Curtain Up

Jaruzelski meets the press

For the first time since the imposition of martial law in December 1981, General Wojciech Jaruzelski last week took his case directly to the world press. The government invited 122 editors, columnists and reporters from 26 nations who were in Warsaw attending an international conference of East bloc and Western journalists for an unusual evening question-and-answer session. Among the participants at the three-day meeting was TIME Associate Editor John Kohan, who filed this report:

"I appeal to you to try to understand us," said General Jaruzelski, looking down the...

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