Disinfo: The “Solidarity” Movement did not overthrow “criminal Communism” in Poland

Summary

The main dogma of a historical narration imposed on the Poles since 1989 is the statement that the “Solidarity” overthrew “criminal Communism”. Although, this period of the Polish People’s Republic was neither criminal nor Communist.

Disproof

This message is a pro-Communist case of historical revisionism, promoting the idea that by 1989, the political regime of the Communist-run Polish People’s Republic was not “Communist” and it was not involved in political crimes.

It is an indisputable historical fact that between 1945 and 1989, the Polish People’s Republic was a Communist state, which appeared under the direct military occupation of the USSR. Between December 1981 and July 1983, the Communist authorities of Poland introduced a harsh Martial Law aimed against the peaceful protest of the “Solidarity” Movement.
The authorities and special services of Communist Poland were involved in endless crimes against the Poles – this web page presents the overview of these political crimes committed by the Communist authorities.

See other disinformation messages connected to the times of Communist Poland - The Polish economy was revived thanks to the Soviet Union; The Red Army liberated Poland and preserved the country’s economic power and It is thanks to Russia that Poland today exists as a country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Poland
  • Keywords: Socialism, War crimes, Protest, USSR, Historical revisionism

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