Poland The Man Who Did His Duty

Jaruzelski, who is preparing to step down, is likely to be remembered better by historians than by his countrymen today

He sits bolt upright, his hands folded neatly on the oak table in front of him. A dark suit and subdued tie reinforce the image of a stern military man, someone just as capable of offering an interrogator no more than name, rank and serial number as he is of impassively handing down a tribunal's verdict. Not even his eyes, hidden behind dark glasses, give anything away.

That's the kind of mental snapshot visitors carry away with them after meeting General Wojciech Jaruzelski. It is also the framed portrait that Poland's President, who last week announced his willingness to step down,...

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