Olivia Blazek and Stephanie Jeong

Poland (1950-1989)
Theme Synopsis-

Theme 1- Pacts- Poland made many pacts and agreements with other European nations during the period after WWII.
  • In 1950, the Oder-Neisse Line was agreed upon by Poland and the German Democratic Republic as the border between these two nations.
  • In 1955, Poland joined the Warsaw Pact.
  • In 1989, a coalition government was produced from agreements between the Solidarity, the church, and the communists.

Theme 2- Leadership Change- The group, party, or person/s in control of Poland changed numerous amounts of times after WWII.
  • In 1956, the Polish United Workers' Party (PUWP) inducted Wladyslaw Gomulka as first secretary (leader).
  • In 1970, Lech Walesa became the leader of the Solidarity Trade Union.
  • In 1970, Edward Gierek replaces Wladyslaw Gomulka as party first secretary.
  • In 1980, the role of first secretary in the Communist party was given to General Jaruzelski.
  • In 1981, Walesa was imprisoned as Solidarity was outlawed and Jaruzelski established martial law.
  • In 1989, Tadeusc Mazwiecki became the first non-communist prime minister.