File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1996/96-11-13.154, message 85


Subject: M-I: Re: The Polish Road to Socialism
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 11:24:38 -0500 ()


     Really, Louis, this is pathetic.
     Stalin set up his own Polish government-in-exile after 
the London-based one asked for an accounting of what really 
happened to those Polish officers in the Katyn Forest.  
Don't tell us you are going to come up with some baloney 
about how they were really killed by the Nazis after all.  
     The Poles had every reason to be dubious about the 
nature of a puppet regime imposed by Stalin.  This kind of 
making excuses for devastation is beneath you (I am 
increasingly impressed that you are indeed a thoughtful, 
serious, and very knowledgeable individual, ususally).
Barkley Rosser
On Sun, 10 Nov 1996 22:51:51 -0500 (EST) Louis R Godena 
<louisgodena-AT-ids.net> wrote:


> 
> Richard writes:
> 
> >...But what of the Communist's betrayal of the Warsaw Uprising?...
> 
> 
> The Warsaw Uprising of August--October 1944,  which saw the ruin of almost
> all that was left of the Polish capital after the initial devastation in
> September 1939,  and the razing of the Ghetto in April 1943,  was prompted
> by political considerations-- namely,  the desire to present the advancing
> Soviet armies and Stalin with a *fait accompli*: a Polish government in
> Warsaw,   and a victory for the Government in Exile as against the
> pro-Soviet and Communist--dominated Polish National Liberation Committee
> (PKWN) set up in July 1944.    Most historians--even anti-Communist
> historians (e.g. Abraham Brumberg) now accept this.    It had the opposite
> effect. The carnage played straight into the hands of the Communists by
> persuading millions of Poles that there was no alternative to co-operating
> with the Red Army --for their own sakes,  or for the sake of their country.
> 
> Moreover,  during the first post-war years,  when the government was
> dominated by,  but still not under,  the full control of the PPR (Polish
> Workers Party),  it was able to tap two powerful sources of popular
> support-- one patriotic,  and one of a more personal and opportunistic
> nature.    Many Poles responded enthusiastically to the government's call to
> rebuild their homeland.     Others were galvanized by the opportunities for
> social advancement.    Krystyna Kersten (*The Establishment of Communist
> Rule in Poland,  1943-1948* [Berkeley,  Calif., 1993: University of
> California Press]) offers impressive data on modest doctors becoming
> directors of hospitals,   workers assuming leading positions in industry,
> and peasants rapidly schooled and then promoted to party and government
> jobs.    All this,  she writes,  "did not necessarily blind people to the
> system;  it did,  however,  neutralize their animosity and weaken their
> opposition."
> 
> Louis Godena
> 
> 
> 
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Rosser Jr, John Barkley
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