Spring in October: the Story of the Polish Revolution, 1956

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CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
1954
Sept.-Oct. Lt-Col Swiatlo's broadcasts to Poland.
Dec. 8Ministry of Public Security abolished.
Dec. 24 Gomulka released.
1955
Jan. 21-24III Plenum of the PZPR adopts the policy of
democratization'.
Jan. 27A purge of the secret police begins.
Aug. 21Publication of the Poem for Adults.
1956
Feb. 19Announcement of the rehabilitation of the pre-
war Communist Party of Poland.
Feb. 25 Khrushchev's 'secret' speech about Stalin.
March 10Trybuna Ludu criticizes Stalin.
March 12 Bierut dies in Moscow.
March 16-23 Khrushchev in Warsaw.
March 21 Edward Ochab elected First Secretary of PZPR.
April 6 Ochab speaks of 'hysteria' among some Party
members, announces the release of Gomulka but
condemns his ideology.
April 20Draft amnesty Bill published. It came into force
on April 27.
April 23Further purge of secret police.
April 23-28Sejm session; deputies criticize the Government
and some vote against a Government bill.
April 29 Ochab, writing in the MoscowPravda, warns the
Polish press against anti-Soviet outbursts.
May 7 Jakob Berman 'resigns' from the Government and
Politbureau.
June 4Announcement of the release, under the amnesty,
of 28,000 prisoners, including 1,300 sentenced
for political crimes.
June 28-29Rioting in Poznan.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part 1 - Prelude 1
  • 1 - The Legacy of Hate 3
  • 2 - The Fall of the Polish Beria 20
  • 3 - The Earthquake 30
  • 4 - Black Thursday at Poznan 42
  • 5 - The Struggle Behind The Scenes 55
  • 6- There Could Be Justice 67
  • Part II - Revolution 79
  • 7 - Plot -- Counterplot 81
  • 8- The Day of Decision 89
  • 9 - Gomulka Speaks 98
  • 10 - Storm Over Rokossovsky 111
  • 11 - Communist Heartsearching 123
  • 12 - Spring in October 132
  • Part III - On the Tightrope 147
  • 13 - The Communist And The Cardinal 149
  • 14 - Rokossovsky Goes Home 159
  • 15 - There Shall Be Truth 170
  • 16 - The Test of Popular Vote 179
  • 17 - The Balancing Act 188
  • Chronology of Events 197
  • Index 201
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