The Soviet Union saved Poland from ruin. They tore bread from their own people to feed the Poles. The Soviet Union was responsible for creating Poland’s industry after WWII.
The Sovietization of Poland after the WWII was accompanied by terror, expropriation of privately owned land and restrictions of civil and political freedoms. Polish industry in times of the communism was governed by rules of nationalisation and planned economy, which eventually led to heavy debts and impoverishment.
The Warsaw Treaty Organisation (the Warsaw Pact) was the Soviet Union’s “external empire”, where people faced daily strife, including shortages of food and housing. Read more about life in Poland under communist rule.