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We are condemned to reach an agreement in Poland, Walesa told VOA Polish Service in 1987

Lech Wałęsa in August 1980

Poland’s communist regime organized a referendum on political and economic reforms, which was held on 29 November 1987. Around a third of eligible voters did not participate, defying the regime. It was the first time that Communist authorities in Eastern Europe had lost a vote. I covered the referendum for the Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service. After the vote, ... Read More »

Lech Walesa on Importance of Voice of America in Poland’s Struggle for Freedom and Democracy

President George H. W. Bush with Poland’s Lech Wałęsa (center) and First Lady Barbara Bush in Warsaw, July 1989. White House photo by David Valdez.

“Nie wyobrażalne jest by mogło to mieć miejsce tak szybko i tak skutecznie gdyby nie Głos Ameryki.” — Lech Wałęsa, 2002. “It is not conceivable that it would have happened so quickly and so effectively if not for the Voice of America.” — Lech Wałęsa, 2002. October 5, 2013 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Nobel Committee announcement that ... Read More »

Book on Poland’s Independence Belonging to Ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane

Case For Poland's Independence-Arthur Bliss Lane

I found this book several years ago by pure chance in a bookstore in San Francisco selling old and antique books. Ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane’s daughter, Peggy, lived in San Francisco, which may explain how the book ended up in a local book shop. She died at a relatively young age from a sudden illness when Bliss Lane and his ... Read More »

Zbigniew Brzezinski Interviewed for 1989 Worldnet Program on Historic Changes in Poland

Zbigniew_Brzezinski_at_VOA

In a March 1989 Voice of America-Worldnet-Polish Television program moderated by Ted Lipien, then director of the Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski discussed historic political changes, which were taking place at that time in Poland and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Brzezinski was being interviewed by journalists in Poland which was still under communist rule ... Read More »

1984 Interview With Czeslaw Miłosz on Polish-Jewish Relations (in Polish – po polsku)

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Czeslaw Milosz, Miami Bookfair International, 1986. Author: MDCarchives. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Link to audio. The interview (in Polish – po polsku) with Czesław Miłosz was recorded in Oxford on September 19, 1984 at a conference on Polish-Jewish relations. Miłosz talks about Poland’s multicultural traditions, Polish-Jewish relations in the 19th century, during the interwar period, and under communism. He discusses anti-Semitism, Polish-Jewish relations in his home city of Wilno (Vilnius – now ... Read More »

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