The Rape of Poland: Pattern of Soviet Aggression

By Stanislaw Mikolajczyk | Go to book overview

Chapter Sixteen THE TIGHTENING VISE
I am "in league 'with the underground" The sinister plot Communists seize the youth The Church is attacked Erosion of the soul

THE political and economic bondage of Poland was now a hard reality. We who still maintained our right to speak in parliament attacked the treachery with all our remaining force. One after another, the Peasant Party's M.P.'s spoke in the final hours of the second session of the parliament. We pulled no punches.

In my own remarks I slashed at the new economic laws and the methods by which they and the political purges would be visited upon the people.

"You believe that your terror and propaganda have annihilated us," I said to the government side of the chamber. "But you have annihilated only individuals. You will never be able to wipe out the huge ideological movement that is so violently opposed to you and your methods.

"By your methods you have thwarted the reconstruction of Poland and have done much to crush the creative spirit of the people. You have brought only chaos and tears to the Polish people. I demand of you--especially you who still are, and feel like, Poles--cease this terror. Turn hatred into love, intolerance into freedom, your so-called "people's democracy" into a true democracy. I warn you to remember that you are not only responsible to the

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