Totalitarianism evolves

Simon Heffer wrote a review of Marcel Ophüls’ Le Chagrin et la Pitié (The Sorrow and the Pity), a documentary about occupied France in WWII. The four and a half hours long film was shown on tv in 1969. The article This Second World War film is the greatest documentary ever made, appeared in The Telegraph on 23 November 2019. Among many interesting in-depth readers’ comments someone brought up Lech Wałęsa and the Solidarity movement as an example of resistance to totalitarianism. Here is response.

Lech Borkowski 25 Nov 2019 1:22AM
@Tim Long “While a resistance movement can coalesce around a courageous leader and survive (for example, Lech Walesa and Solidarity), it’s external factors that break a totalitarian state’s hold on its people.”

Walesa is a Communist stooge. The whole Solidarity movement was organised by the Communists themselves. The Communists fooled the West all the way, pretending that their regimes collapsed. In other words, the West lost the Cold War while being convinced it had won. It is worth remembering in this context the Soviet Operation Trust of the 1920s, when the Soviet secret service ran a fictional opposition movement to fool the West and the Russian emigres.

My wife and I were expelled from our jobs at state institutions in Poland in 2015 in an action following the Communist modus operandi. You can read about our analysis and actions against our family at

By the way, my parents were imprisoned for many years in Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Russia after WWII, as a result of their resistance to Communism. I am very proud of them. They lived in Eastern Poland, which was occupied by the Soviet Union following the Yalta deal between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.

The Brits hold their heads high thinking about their role on the western front of WWII, but ignore their disastrous dealing with the Soviet Russia.

Totalitarianism does not stand still. It evolves.