The Struggle to Survive

As the year dragged on, one of the main causes of Poland's resentment of the government was the ceaseless, wearying, frustrating day-to-day struggle to find enough food, clothing and staples. A report, drawn from a number of TIME correspondents, on what the Poles have faced:

The lines would begin to form at dawn. As winter drew on, the people would bundle up in layers of thick clothing and stand silently huddled together, shifting from one foot to the other to try to keep warm. Outside of food stores the queues would often stretch for 50 yards or more. The ordeal was particularly...

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