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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 »

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

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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 »

September 1987 – Vice President George H.W. Bush discusses Poland, U.S. Polish-Relations, Solidarity, Lech Walesa, Polish Americans

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“There’s great affection from the American people for the people of Poland.” – Vice President George H.W. Bush, September 24, 1987   Voice of America correspondent Wayne Corey and VOA Polish Service director Ted Lipien recorded the interview at the White House on September 24, 1987 shortly before Vice President George H.W. Bush left on his trip to Poland.  The ... Read More »

Vice President George H.W. Bush’s September 1987 Visit to Poland – Report in Polish (po polsku)

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Vice President George H.W. Bush began a four-day visit to Poland on Saturday, September 26, 1987. His visit facilitated talks between Solidarity and the communist regime and eventual peaceful fall of communism in Poland. I interviewed Vice President Bush at the White House before the trip and accompanied him as Voice of America Polish Service correspondent. I filed this report ... Read More »

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