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The Bolek Affair: Or, Kiszczak’s Cupboard and the Meaning of History

  • The article puts a spotlight on recently discovered files about Lech Wałęsa’s collaboration with the state security forces in 1970 and the political debates that followed from this discovery. Showing how the right-wing PiS party seized this opportunity to bolster its narrative of the “treacherous” roundtable talks and of the post-1989 transition as engineered by the communist authorities, the article makes the point that once again, history is being instrumentalized by the party in power.

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Document Type:Article
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Author:Piotr OsękaGND
Editor:Joachim von PuttkamerGND, Michal KopečekGND, Włodzimierz BorodziejGND
Publishing Institution:Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung – Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
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Parent Title (English):Cultures of History Forum
Release Date:2020/02/12
Date of Publication (online):2019/01/07
Date of first Publication:2016/05/24
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Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 90 Geschichte
Collections:Cultures of History Forum (Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena)
Tag:PiS; Poland; Wałęsa; communism; state security
GND Keyword:Polen; Kommunismus; Prawo i Sprawiedliwość; Wałęsa, Lech; Innere Sicherheit; Kiszczak, Czesław
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