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Life in communist Poland - personal relations


f stop 25 | 2,513
9 Jan 2013 #61
Well .... as interesting as his post was, virtually everything he said has been disagree by various posters.

well, I guess it's safe to assume you were not there.
I don't know how you can disagree with somebody recalling their experiences.
peterweg 37 | 2,319
9 Jan 2013 #62
They still sell milk in bags in Lithuania.

And Poland.
And the UK.

Some guys think different. :):):)

I don't.

I think you are the top poster on here, 100% on topic. I want to talk and hear about Poland, not listen to rants and raves about other peoples demons
jon357 67 | 16,808
9 Jan 2013 #63
Milk bags in the UK? I've never seen that.

During the PRL, they used to have proper deliveries from a milkman, at least here in Warsaw.
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
9 Jan 2013 #64
I don't.

You make me blush. :):):)

I want to talk and hear about Poland, not listen to rants and raves about other peoples demons

Sometimes it is unavoidable, especially when J Kaczyński is discussed.

During the PRL, they used to have proper deliveries from a milkman, at least here in Warsaw.

Yes!! It lasted till late 80s!

And got imprinted in Polish culture of the time, reproduced in books etc and even parodied in a comedy or two:

I dislike Mondays from 1971
At 8:00
rybnik 18 | 1,461
9 Jan 2013 #65
what do you think of communism being used in advertisements?

Ha!
They pulled the ad thanks to public pressure.
Poles rock!!
Zibi - | 336
9 Jan 2013 #66
I dislike Mondays from 1971

An early Bareja... one of the few. Can't beat that sense of humor! Thanks Pawian! :-)
Lenka 3 | 2,629
9 Jan 2013 #67
Oh,I just remembered-in PRL smoking in public wasn't forbidden.My mothers many times told us how her teacher smoked during classes :)
Maybe Pawian will post suitable photos or clips.
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
9 Jan 2013 #68
Your wish is my command.

Unfortunately, I tried to find Matura Exam 1978 by £oziński on youtube but it is unavailable. It seems I must borrow it from my school library and load there. Stay tuned.

Can't beat that sense of humor! Thanks Pawian! :-)

Warm memories, aren`t they ? :):):):)

If you were blessed with the child - the nursery was for free. And the school, books etc.

Unfortunately, even communism couldn`t afford free nurseries or books. As for schools, yes, they have been always free.
Lenka 3 | 2,629
16 Jan 2013 #69
Practically only banknotes.I remember how I looked at the wallets and wondered how would it feel to have coins in it :)
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
16 Jan 2013 #70
Do you mean you already lived a conscious life in the times of highest inflation in Poland? Around 1989?
Lenka 3 | 2,629
16 Jan 2013 #71
Not so conscious but yes.And remember the denomination took place only in 1995.It's 6 more years :)
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
23 Jan 2013 #72
One of the characteristics of the communist system was TV coverage of long speeches by communist leaders. On average, they could last for 2 hours in Poland, in other countries like Romania, East Germany about 4, in Cuba even 7!

Here, hardened communist Gomułka delivers a speech on 1 May, Labour Day, one of most important festivals at the time, in 1960s. Gomułka`s speeches were exceptionally revolting due to linguistic peculiarities and unusual intonation. Yes, he was Polish but a complete simpleton.

Comrades and citizens!!

One of the characteristics of the communist system was TV coverage of long speeches by communist leaders.

In 1980s many speeches were made by communists in uniforms:

Declaration of martial law in 1981 by Gen. Jaruzelski



Gen. Kiszczak rants on anti-communist street protests of 3 May 1982:



A year later, 1 May 1983, BBC broadcast this report from Warsaw anticommunist protests:


European
22 Dec 2013 #73
I have reda this with great intereste. Too bad that there are so many people from USA commenting on stuff in a fachion that just fuels the stereotypical picture of them.
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
8 May 2021 #74
Maf and other experts on PRL history, who was the most famous member of communist police - Milicja Obywatelska?
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
9 May 2021 #75
who was the most famous member of communist police

Another similar question: who was the most popular/famous spy in PRL era?
amiga500 2 | 568
9 May 2021 #76
Thats easy. Bolek of course! haha you walked into that one.
- The Prophet
Strzelec35 31 | 882
10 May 2021 #77
I like Bolek. I dont get why they would allow a spy to crumble an entire system and take the eastern block with it if he really was a spy and start a system with democratic elections?
amiga500 2 | 568
10 May 2021 #78
why they would allow

Managed transition, the soviets were preparing for it since the 80s. Lets not forget when Olszewski was PM and there was a push to get Poland into NATO, Bolek was advocating for a separate military alliance of Warsaw Pact countries. He kept the company of those that were aligned with Russian interests in the chaotic 90s.
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
10 May 2021 #79
Thats easy. Bolek of course!

Nope. We are talking about PRL times, not 1990s.
mafketis 29 | 9,508
10 May 2021 #80
most popular/famous spy in PRL era?

Hans Kloss?

Did Avakum Zakhov (Avakoum Zahov) aka the Bulgarian James Bond ever have a following in Poland?

I read one of the novels translated into Polish and it was... okay....
Alien
10 May 2021 #81
Colonel Kuklinski?
gumishu 11 | 5,692
10 May 2021 #82
Bulgarian James Bond ever have a following in

never heard of him
Ironside 50 | 11,258
10 May 2021 #83
of communist police - Milicja Obywatelska?

Cywil.
OP pawian 178 | 15,905
10 May 2021 #84
Hans Kloss?

yes! I meant Hans Kloss, a Polish agent in German Abwehr who greatly contributed to allies` victory. :):) He was working for Soviets but it wasn`t stressed in the series.

The role turned an average actor, Mikulski, into an extremely popular celebrity.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stawka_wi%C4%99ksza_ni%C5%BC_%C5%BCycie

I liked the series coz it had a lot of suspence, like a good detective movie by Agatha Christie, if you know what I mean. The music was excellent, especially the theme track.

West German weekly Spiegel published this photo with the ironic comment: The man who stole the hearts of millions of Polish females.



OP pawian 178 | 15,905
11 May 2021 #85
Which were three most popular dogs in communism?
jon357 67 | 16,808
11 May 2021 #86
Maybe one that liked tanks in the Polish TV series and of course Laika. Who was the third?
Alien
11 May 2021 #87
The third is hot-dog of course.
Lenka 3 | 2,629
11 May 2021 #88
Maybe one that liked tanks in the Polish TV series

You mean Szarik?
mafketis 29 | 9,508
11 May 2021 #89
Reksio, Szarik and....?

the dog of the babcia in Kogel-mogel and Gallamatias? (I really doubt it)

Or did you mean breeds? I'd guess jamnik (Dachshunds - aka 'wiener dogs') as number one.
Lenka 3 | 2,629
11 May 2021 #90
And Cywil


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