Mikolaj Kunicki

The Nationalist Right Under Communism. Boleslaw Piasecki and the Polish Communists 1944-1979

The British journalist Lucjan Blit’s observation, which opens my essay, illustrates the popular opinion about the politics of Boleslaw Piasecki (1915-1979), a prominent Polish nationalist politician, who started his career as a fascist and ended it as a pro-Communist Catholic activist. This widely held belief identified him as a political chameleon – the arch-villain of Polish politics and a turncoat who used Machiavellian tactics to get to the top. Later, for anti-communist dissidents in the 1970s, Piasecki was a fascist turned Soviet agent, a perverse phenomenon (Michnik 1993, 40)…
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