The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

Tina Rosenberg

Language: English

Pages: 464

ISBN: 0679744991

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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but Article 246 normally covered corruption. Corruption was the one charge no one could level at Jaruzelski, and all Poland knew it. The KPN finally realized that the charge made the hearings look silly and, three weeks later, changed the charges again. In the middle of the November 24, 1992, session, Committee Chairman Edward Rzepka announced that the KPN had made a motion to drop Article 246. There was a three-hour break. When the hearing resumed, Rzepka announced that the KPN had retained

czar and his family—even the children’s spaniel—and trying old opponents in courts that based their judgments not on the guilt of the defendant, but on whether the trial outcome favored the workers and peasants. Other revolutionaries’ embrace of liberal values was genuine, disintegrating only when they were sucked into the hysteria of vengeance. The trial of Louis XVI and the Terror were both product and cause of the French Revolution’s betrayal. “No freedom for the enemies of freedom!” cried

Jaruzelski’s waist and dazzled his eyes for eight months a year, with no clouds to break the glare. Mountain climbers use black glasses in such snow. The constant squinting cracked Jaruzelski’s eyelids; fifty years later he still cannot stand light. The collapse of communism has finally permitted scholars to write the terrible story of the roughly 2 million Poles deported to the Soviet Union. Hundreds of thousands of Poles had been arrested, many of them soldiers who had fought the Soviet

Solidarity told them to strike and the Party ordered them to work, they struck. There was at least one Solidarity member in the Politburo. Even in the 150,000-strong police force, Solidarity boasted 40,000 members. Walęsa was its extraordinary leader, a true voice of the Polish worker. His interest in electricity dated back to his childhood, when he had watched, fascinated, as this invisible force transformed his peasant village. He is the father of eight children and a deeply religious

Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia. At nine the next morning the Nazis occupied Prague Castle. The Czech lands became the Protektorat of Bohemia and Moravia. Zukal’s village did not suffer the full measure of Nazi cruelty, but food was short and every family had ration cards. Families with relatives in Nazi concentration camps were often shunned by their fearful neighbors. But young Rudolf and his father, a member of the Communist Party, delivered food parcels to these families. “Such behavior was

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