Them: Stalin's Polish Puppets

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Them: Stalin's Polish Puppets

By Teresa Toranska
Harper & Row, 1987
384 pp. $22.95

This book, which could not be published in Poland (except in samizdat), contains interviews conducted in 1981-1984 with five formerly prominent Polish Communists (Ochab, Berman, Werfel, Staszewski, Julia Minc) who had leading roles in the Stalinist system in Poland in the years 1944-1956. Their frank statements and recollections, under the sharp questioning of a talented journalist, are remarkably revealing both of their mentality as loyal Stalinists (still loyal, for the most part, despite all the subsequent events) and of the political issues and struggles of that time, including the dramatic events of 1956.

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