Fake Hungarian dissident

My comment to the obituary of Laszlo Rajk junior in The Telegraph, Laszlo Rajk, Hungarian architect, set designer and dissident whose father had been a prominent victim of the Stalin-era show trials – obituary, 26 November 2019.


Lech Borkowski 5 Dec 2019 9:27AM
Ridiculous. Rajk senior was a criminal. Period.

Rajk junior led a privileged life. Fake dissident. Published books by T. G. Ash, a great friend of Communists and of an evolving Communism? Timothy Garton Ash is basically an agent of disinformation.

Children of top Communists playing the role of dissidents? Ha ha.

This obituary is indicative of a complete cognitive catastrophe. This is part of a wider approach to the subject of the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe, in which the real victims of Communism are eliminated, with children of top Communists presented as dissidents.

Communism has not collapsed. The most advanced form of dictatorship in history was reformed but not overturned.

Communist organisation of the state is alive and well. My wife Małgorzata Głuchowska, a pianist and piano teacher, was expelled from her job at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra (Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna w Zielonej Górze, Poland, for political reasons in 2015. The authorities used the Occupational Medical Service to issue a fake medical statement prohibiting her from working in the school, the job she performed so successfully for twenty years. Same as in the Soviet Union.

I was similarly expelled from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in 2015 for political reasons as well, where I was an Associate Professor of Physics. I was the only faculty member with a western PhD (University of Florida 1995).

My parents were prisoners of Communist concentration camps in the area of Arkhangelsk in northern Russia after WWII. My father deserted from the Communist army under Soviet control on 13 January 1945.

Our family has been targeted and harassed for many years. Changes of government had no effect. Our daughter was targeted in her elementary school as well, in an action parallel to those carried out in our workplaces.



Communist methods in Poland

From my two comments folowing the article Nato should de-escalate conflict with Russia and focus on inequality, says Jeremy Corbyn, by Tony Diver.

Lech Borkowski 2 Dec 2019 7:50AM

First you have to understand the situation and that implies understanding the post-WWII developments. Western leaders Churchill and Roosevelt signed the Yalta pact with Stalin. It was no better later on.

The West is completely and absolutely clueless as to what has happened and what is happening in Eastern Europe. Communist party members were welcomed as democrats post-1990. One of those sits in the office of the German Chancellor. I don’t think you would like to give any significant function to a Nazi, former or not. So why different and privileged treatment of the Communist totalitarians?

My wife and I were both expelled from our state jobs in Poland in 2015, school of music and university, respectively, for political reasons, for standing up for truth, law, common sense, and human dignity. In case of my wife a fake psychologist statement was fabricated to provide the excuse for her dismissal. The best pianist and piano teacher in Zielona Góra in western Poland has been fired by a typical Communist method. Same as in the Soviet Union. I was the only professor of Physics with a western PhD at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. See here https://lsborkowski.com/pol/. Poland is run by the Communists who only pretend to be democrats.

The ‘transition to democracy’ and rule of law in 1989 was a fake one. Now Communist countries of Eastern Europe can control and subvert NATO as its members from the inside. NATO? Clueless, clueless, clueless.


Lech Borkowski 2 Dec 2019 8:04AM

[… ] I have just told you totalitarian methods have been and are in continued use in Poland. […]  You didn’t even ask for more information. The tv news you get or newspaper articles don’t tell you the ugly stuff. The campaign against us has been going for decades. Decades. Not one government. Many governments.

[…] I am afraid you don’t what to understand. All this juggling of labels of who is right wing or left wing in Eastern Europe is nonsense. The policy on the ground is the same totalitarian policy no matter what label is attached to the government in Poland.

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 lsborkowski.com/pol/

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.

Donald Tusk and the Communist opposition to Communism

My comment on Asa Bennett’s article in The Telegraph Donald Tusk thinks Brexiteers are longing for empire. Has he met the EU elite?

Lech Borkowski 14 Nov 2019 1:46PM

It is useful to know where Tusk and the like come from. The Communists in Poland have trained a number of people for future positions of leadership. The idea was to organize fake opposition to Communism and to pretend that the Communism in Eastern Europe collapsed. They created fake political groups. Tusk was positioned as a young free-market liberal.

The creation of fake opposition is an old Communist trick. In the 1920s Soviet Russia their secret service ran the Operation Trust, whose aim was to fool the outsiders and the Russian emigres that there was a real internal opposition to the Soviet terror. It is an old idea really.

The Communist-style politics runs in a provocateur mode. Pretty much everything is a provocation, while the effort is made to pretend it is a real thing.

So, Tusk is a Communist provocateur simply doing what he is told to do. This is a labour of the many, not the few.


[In reaction to this, certain Adam Johnson supposed that I must be a Law and Justice supporter and used a derogatory word to describe my comment. Here is my response.]

Lech Borkowski 14 Nov 2019 5:59PM

Sorry to disappoint you. I don’t support any political party in Poland. I was expelled from my job for political reasons in Autumn 2015. My wife was expelled from her job as well for political reasons. It is all here: lsborkowski.com/pol/

The leader of Law and Justice party in Poland, Jarosław Kaczynski is a son of a Communist party member. He comes from a family firmly embedded in Communism and thus privileged. My comment about Tusk applies to Kaczynski as well, with the exception of Kaczynski was positioned to the right of Tusk on the political axis.

I was a member of the Law and Justice from 2008 to 2010. I saw in essence no difference between it and the Communist party.


John Paul II approved elimination of Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty

Another comment following Niall Ferguson’s article in The Sunday Times.

One reader asked me,


Interesting and challenging views in your comment. Do you have a reference or evidence for the Pope refusing to pray for the Polish victims of NKVD massacres?

My response:

If I remember correctly, the information about the reluctance of John Paul II to pray for the murdered by the NKVD, appeared in the closing chapter of “The Triumph of Provocation” by Józef Mackiewicz (1902-1985). The book appeared in Polish in 1962. In 1982 Mackiewicz wrote one more chapter dealing with the then-recent events in Poland. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected pope in 1978.

Since I don’t have the book with me, I can’t give you a precise quote. Józef Mackiewicz was very critical of the Vatican’s raprochement with the Communist regimes under Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI.

The Vatican envoy who negotiated church’s concessions with the Communist regimes in the 1960s and 1970s, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, was elevated to the position of the Vatican’s Secretary of State by Pope John Paul II. This decision implies John Paul’s approval for the Vatican’s earlier policy towards Communists, in which Casaroli played a key role, as well as approval of the degradation of the Hungarian anti-Communist Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, in which Casaroli again must have played a key role. As I wrote in an earlier comment, Pope Paul VI stripped Mindszenty of his title of Cardinal. Absolutely abominable decision which was the result of a long process. John Paul II must have approved and applauded.

The English edition of The Triumph of Provocation was published by the Yale University Press in 2009. It is interesting that the book was not translated for 47 years. When it appeared finally in English, the editors tried to alter the book’s message by adding a misleading commentary.

Magical thinking about the church and the Communists

My second comment on Niall Ferguson’s article Aftermath: the fall of the Berlin Wall — and its lesson for China 30 years on in The Sunday Times.

Pope John Paul II, whom the author mentions, did not oppose Communists. He collaborated with them. He celebrated the 26 anniversary of his pontificate in October 2004 with the special performance of the Red Army Choir, known otherwise as the Alexandrov Ensemble. The concert took place in the Pope Paul VI Auditorium and was broadcast on tv to both Italy and Russia. The last song performed that evening was “Oka”, the anthem of the Polish Communist Army formed in the Soviet Union in 1943. You can view the video of it on Youtube. This army was later the backbone of the Communist dictatorship in Poland.

The key figure in the Catholic church who staunchly opposed Communism was Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, the Hungarian Primate, imprisoned by the Hungarian Communists from 1948 to 1956. From 1956 to 1971 he was a special guest of the American Embassy in Budapest, where he was granted asylum. Pope Paul VI stripped Mindszenty of his church titles, including the title of the cardinal, in 1973. The Vatican basically wanted Mindszenty to stop speaking against Communism and resign voluntarily. I recommend reading Mindszenty’s “Memoirs” published in 1974.

In Poland, just like in Hungary and other Communist countries, the church was firmly under the regime’s control. It benefited Communists to present the church hierarchy as a collection of independent figures opposed to the dictatorship. There was simply no way they would allow the advance of an anti-Communist on the ladder of the church hierarchy.

Pope John Paul II refused to pray for the thousands of Polish officers murdered by the Soviet NKVD in 1940.

So, instead of a thoughtful analysis, we have a mindless repetition of a fairy tale about the fall of Communism and Pope John Paul II alleged magical role in it.

The fall of the Berlin Wall plays a role analogous to that of a pretty lady accompanying an illusionist. Communism has not fallen and there is plenty of evidence that it didn’t.


Weekend in the hotbed of the Communist narrative

My comment on Andrew Eames’ article in The Sunday Times Travel section: How to spend a weekend in Gdansk, Poland: a 48-hour itinerary

The first bombs of the war fell on Wieluń, small town in another part of Poland. Danzig/Gdańsk was made the centerpiece of the start of WWII by the Communists. They aimed at magnifying anger and hatred towards Germany (and West Germany by default). They presented the Polish history as an endless struggle against Germanic expansionism. The simultaneous aggression and occupation by the Soviet Union in WWII was presented as Soviet Union’s self-defence.

The Solidarity Trade Union is a product of this Communist narrative. Wałęsa is a Communist stooge. Just think about it: the guy had several children, conducted both ‘clandestine’ and open activities for years and years, the authorities knew about it and the brutal regime did not know how to eliminate him. The truth is the Communists fabricated this fake opposition themselves. Just like in the 1920s Soviet Union. Operation Trust.

The European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk is simply a propaganda enterprise to hammer in the fake story.

In recent years, the Museum of WWII was located in Gdańsk. This is an obvious move to support and continue the Communist narrative. The proper place for the Museum of WWII is Warsaw of course.


Don’t ask, don’t tell. Communism and The Sunday Times

My comment on Niall Ferguson’s article Aftermath: the fall of the Berlin Wall — and its lesson for China 30 years on in The Sunday  Times, 3 November 2019.

“With a few proletarian exceptions — Lech Wałesa is the most obvious”

Wałęsa is a Communist stooge. The whole Solidarity movement was engineered by the Communists themselves. The leading so-called ‘dissidents’ came from the Communist inner circles.

One of those ‘dissidents’ is Adam Michnik, whose name is missing from the article. He is the son of a convicted Soviet agent, Ozjasz Szechter, who apparently was the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Western Ukraine. He acted on Soviet Union’s behalf against the Polish state and was convicted in the 1930s.

Why omit this name from the article? Michnik was and remains key figure in Polish public life.

“the dissidents who led what Timothy Garton Ash called “the Refolution”, a mix of reform and revolution, were bourgeois intellectuals: Vaclav Havel in Czechoslovakia, for example, or Bronislaw Geremek in Poland.”

Timothy Garton Ash failed to even register a surprise, let alone ask questions about the mechanics of the ‘opposition’ to Communism.

Bronisław Geremek was a Communist party member.

I suggest the motto for the The Times: Don’t ask, don’t tell.

Communism beyond the Berlin Wall

My comment on the article Thirty years ago, I watched the Berlin Wall come down by Anne McElvoy in The Times.

The text is chaotic. It is raising questions and doubts rather than bringing answers. More noise than signal.

Egon Krenz’s son among friends? That’s interesting.

“Many of my friends hailed from families who were part of the nomenklatura, the bureaucratic establishment.”

In other words, you were surrounded by the young members of the Communist dictatorship’s inner circle.

“More overtly dissident friends lived in a niche society mixing with each other, passing Samizdat books around […]”

Would the author explain, please, whether and how did the group of “dissident friends” differ from the circle of dictatorship’s young members?

At the end of the article the author writes “Next week I will go back to Berlin and catch up with the old friends and the old stories. And as an honorary Ossi […]”

Catching up with Egon Krenz’s son and the like? What does the phrase “honorary Ossi” mean? Does it refer to both the guards of the Concentration Camp East Germany and the prisoners alike? The same word for both the perpetrators and the victims?

Note that Communists’ victims are eliminated from this narrative.

Now, let us do a little Gedankenexperiment. Imagine an analogous text about the Nazi regime. Replace names of the Communist officials with the Nazi ones. Substitute friendship with young people from the Communist inner circle for friendship with the young from the Nazi core. Eliminate victims of Nazism from the story about Nazism. How would you react to such article?

In sum, this narrative is not reliable.

In November 1989, I was a doctoral student at the University of Florida in the US. Having returned to Poland in 1995, I gradually learned that the Communist system of repression remained in place. I was refused participation in a Polish-American scientific conference in the field of my PhD studies. No explanation was given. I was constantly harassed and acutely discriminated in my university job. Later, when I openly demanded that my rights, declared theoretically in the constitution, be respected, I was expelled from the university. The year was 2015. I come from a family persecuted under Communism. My wife was also dismissed from her job for political reasons in 2015. Typical Communist methods were used against her as well.

There is much more to Communism than the Berlin Wall.

Look who is not speaking

Comment on The Times article ‘East was best — and then the Soviets sold us out,’ says East Germany’s last leader by Peter Conradi.

The subject of the ‘fall of Communism’ is misunderstood and mis-narrated, to put it mildly. You should look at it critically and ask lots of questions.

Notice the absence of stories about Communism’s victims. Instead you get stories about those replaced in 1989-90 who ran the criminal state. Then, with the partial exception of East Germany, it becomes a narrative about an internal power struggle among the Communists themselves.

Communism, as implemented in Eastern Europe, is the most advanced form of dictatorship ever implemented. Note the present tense in the preceding sentence. Has it really collapsed like a house of cards, undone by internal dissenters originating from the core of the Communist regime?

I come from a Polish family persecuted by the Communists and I can firmly say that the Communism has not fallen. The people, the organisation, the methods are all in place and functioning. The symbolic layer has been repainted, though not entirely. The simplistic announcements that Communism has fallen, if anything, indicate a failure of an intellectual enterprise.


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