Far easier when you couldn't be put into prison for this, wasn't it? Whereas at home it was rather brave even not to sign in to the party.
That' a myth told to little girls, but it wasn't quite that bad. PZPR had some 3 million members. Solidarnosc about 10 million. I was not a member of any communist organization, neither were any of my friends or family. All of them members of either Solidarnosc or NZS. We did not consider ourselves brave on that account.
The changes came from within the country, the Solidarity started here, not abroad. What exactly did our government-in-exile do to overthrow the regime?
Why are you limiting the help from abroad to the government-in-exile? How about Polonia, every day people, Polish and foreign? Haven't you heard about million$$$ in currency and goods that Polish underground received from the US, FRG, France etc?
Anyway, my parents kept illegal papers in their home during the marital state. Kind of risky with my mum pregnant - once two men in long, black jackets knocked at the door and terrified her nearly to death.
Few homes did not have illegal literature of one kind of another. It had been like that practically since 1945.
Did you parents tell you where that literature was printed? And if some of it was printed in Poland, did they tell you where the printing presses came from? Do you know who paid for the portable radio stations smuggled to Poland before, during and soon after the martial law? Do they knw any persons who actually brought that stuff to Poland?
Solidarity was undoubtedly a great movement and some of its members (not all) displayed a lot of courage, but they were not alone and they had important help from abroad. A lot of things Solidarnosc or NZS did would have been not possible without that help. Even though I don't respect Reagan all that much, he was in fact a critical factor in bringing the USSR down to its knees. So was JP2 and even Gorbachev.
You need to be careful with statements about the part of Poland's history that was witnessed and shaped by people who are still very much around.