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Fall of Communism in Poland


Kennitz 5 | 32  
11 Mar 2008 /  #1
First off, I looked hard in the search feature for this topic..I thought for sure I'd see this, so I apologize if it has been done.

When communism was finally and officially over, what were the feelings Poles had? I can't even begin to put myself in your shoes and imagine what it was like, being a complete 180 turn. Was it as simple as going to work the next day like nothing happened? Was there running and rejoicing through the streets?

Please share some experiences or thoughts.
polishgirltx  
11 Mar 2008 /  #2
the guys will probably tell you about that history and all (another controversial topic)...
before the end of communism...i remember my parents standing in long lines with food stamps to get food (1 kg of meet, 1 kg of sugar, etc...in rations)...i was only a few years old when military declared a state of emergency (Martial Law).... i remember many people on the streets...and the smell of tear gas...

https://polishforums.com/history/poland-december-anniversary-martial-law-17080/
celinski 31 | 1,258  
12 Mar 2008 /  #3
God Bless a Free Poland
TripTic 3 | 95  
12 Mar 2008 /  #4
For me personally it was very strange. Communism fell down in summer of '89. That year i ended my education in elementary school and after summer break (when old system colapsed) i went to highschool. Everything was different in terms of new school obviously. But i won't forget big poster in the hall of my highschool showing Lech Wałęsa, Pope John Paul II and massive "Solidarność" (Solidarity) logo on it. I saw it officially legal for the first time.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
3 Jan 2009 /  #5
This would be good to learn more about. I did this in class yesterday and really teased out a lot of info.
Borrka 37 | 594  
3 Jan 2009 /  #6
To make a long story short.
I was just happy to see my country without the Russian occupants...
Freedom is a beatiful thing.
ConstantineK 26 | 1,259  
5 Jan 2009 /  #7
Thank God we got rid of Poland!
Borrka 37 | 594  
5 Jan 2009 /  #8
My poor Kostik, do you really believe it !?
We're gonna stay with you forever.
With our dear brothers from Mongolian stepes.
ConstantineK 26 | 1,259  
5 Jan 2009 /  #9
Borrka, do you think that communism is dead? Well, may be you are right, but we still have another aces in pack! One of them is 'autocracy, orthodoxy, popularity'. Do you think that you could endure it?
WooPee 1 | 124  
5 Jan 2009 /  #10
People say that communism fell in '89. True, but... last occupant soldier left the country in 1994 as I remember. Of course they had no power like before 1989 but still were there.
Czarnobog - | 33  
1 Mar 2009 /  #11
I was just happy to see my country without the Russian occupants...
Freedom is a beatiful thing.

You have Western occupants now. I guess you prefer Nike swooshes and McDonald's arches to hammers and sickles.

God Bless a Free Poland

He has. The God of the "free" market has blessed us with public spending cuts, massive unemployment and bankruptcy. More than a million jobless. That's quite the achievement in a country that had not before known unemployment.

We love our new conquerors. They rule us by making us feel free from communism. USA! USA!
southern 75 | 7,096  
1 Mar 2009 /  #12
What happened to the millions of communist party members?
WooPee 1 | 124  
2 Mar 2009 /  #13
They live among us scaring children at nights..

Seriously, they live their lives like every other citizen today.
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
2 Mar 2009 /  #14
I wonder if any of them sold their communist party membership ID on ebay...
southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Mar 2009 /  #15
Many of them do not want to hear anything about their communist past being obedient supporters of the government party.
WooPee 1 | 124  
2 Mar 2009 /  #16
I wonder if any of them sold their communist party membership ID on ebay...

I don't think anyone would buy it. Probably they are not worth too much tho.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
2 Mar 2009 /  #17
They really did blow with the breeze. A communist to me is synonymous with a disloyal weirdo without a cause other than control.
southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Mar 2009 /  #18
Stasi members are still proud.I doubt about the old communict members ho changed direction after 1989.
WooPee 1 | 124  
2 Mar 2009 /  #19
They really did blow with the breeze. A communist to me is synonymous with a disloyal weirdo without a cause other than control.

You're not far from the truth.

Stasi members are still proud.I doubt about the old communict members ho changed direction after 1989.

Some of communists are also still very proud. But many members of communist party became a members only because being a member was a requirement for many well paid jobs as everything belonged to the government.

Only members of the party could be in the management etc. Unfortunately for so many it was all about ideology.
southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Mar 2009 /  #20
But many members of communist party became a members only because being a member was a requirement for many well paid jobs

I suppose this is the case till now?
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
2 Mar 2009 /  #21
I don't think anyone would buy it. Probably they are not worth too much tho.

Hey, if a potato chip with seemingly Holy Mary's shape on it got sold...anything can be. After all, it is a historic ID.
southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Mar 2009 /  #22
don't think anyone would buy it. Probably

A Jaruzelski tatoo on the arm.What can be better?
WooPee 1 | 124  
2 Mar 2009 /  #23
I think you're right Eurola. I think I underrated the imagination of some groups of people.. ;)

A Jaruzelski tatoo on the arm.What can be better?

Jaruzelski is very controversial personality. You never know his intentions.

There are missed moments from his biography.
plk123 8 | 4,149  
2 Mar 2009 /  #24
What happened to the millions of communist party members?

they became the tycoons.
southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Mar 2009 /  #25
southern:
What happened to the millions of communist party members?
they became the tycoons.

Millions of tycoons?This system worked after all.
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
2 Mar 2009 /  #26
Many are listening to radio maryja now with a rosary in their hands.
plk123 8 | 4,149  
2 Mar 2009 /  #27
But many members of communist party became a members only because being a member was a requirement for many well paid jobs........

darn it, where is that little krakowianka?

Thank God we got rid of Poland!

go ahead and wear your own yoke. enjoy. :)

Czarnobog

obviously you don't know so let me tell you: communism absolutely sucked.. you can't even imagine how bad..

You never know his intentions.

yeah, those glasses never did help. ;)
southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Mar 2009 /  #28
Many are listening to radio maryja now with a rosary in their hands.

Like Jaruzelski.
plk123 8 | 4,149  
2 Mar 2009 /  #29
Millions of tycoons?

;)
WooPee 1 | 124  
2 Mar 2009 /  #30
Like Jaruzelski.

He's doing pretty well I'd say. Still getting some awards in Russia..

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