The Priest and the Policeman: The Courageous Life and Cruel Murder of Father Jerzy Popieluszko

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The Priest and the Policeman: The Courageous Life and Cruel Murder of Father Jerzy Popieluszko

By John Moody and Roger Boyes
Summit Books, 1987
251 pp. $17.95
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Two journalists (from Time and The Times of London respectively) train a searchlight on the life and death of the "Solidarity priest" who was such a thorn in the side of the Polish regime, and on the trial of his murderers, officers of the security police, which was such a remarkable occurrence in a communist-bloc country. The policeman of the title is Captain Piotrowski, now serving a sentence for the crime. But the case goes far beyond Piotrowski. The authors lay out all they can in the way of facts (which is considerable, since they had access to Popieluszko's unpublished diaries and to the trial record), and then push their inquiry into such questions as who, among the higher-ups, ordered the killing, and why. The book is highly recommended both as a dramatic story and as the best introduction to this case which has had, and will continue to have, major political significance.

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