Our family targeted by Polish criminal state

My two comments on the article EU is just like the communists, says Poland by Maria Wilczek and Bruno Waterfield in The Times, 20 November 2020.

Lech S Borkowski comment The Times 20 November 2020 part 1
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times, 20 November 2020, part 1


Mr Morawiecki has been formed by the Communist political technologists and is every bit one of them. He was equipped with a false story of his father ‘opposing’ the communist regime in Poland in the 1980s. His life is a lie just like that of his PM predecessors.

In 1989-90, Polish Communists organised a transition to a BTL dictatorship, presented as a ‘transition do democracy’. The idea was to simulate democracy, pretending there are different movements and parties at play. BTL dictatorship stands for dictatorship below the line, i.e. a camouflaged one.

The Polish state’s modus operandi remained unchanged. It is a criminal state run by the same ruling class as before 1990, and this statement includes Mr Morawiecki.

My wife and I sent him a letter in December 2017, to which we received no reply. In May 2019 we sent another letter. There was no reply again.

Our family has been targeted by thugs in the Polish state apparatus for years. My wife and I were both fired in 2015, from the state school of music and from a university, respectively. The regime declared that my wife Małgorzata Głuchowska is mentally unable to continue to work as a pianist and piano teacher, despite her being the most successful piano teacher of the Zielona Góra State School of Music. This is Communist dictatorship at work.

My parents were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps after WWII. My wife and I were fired, because we stand for the same values as my parents. We wrote many letters to the Polish authorities exposing their lies and violation of law. Being the target of state organised crime gives you a unique perspective and unique knowledge. Mr Morawiecki’s political persona is completely fake, just like the entire political ecosystem he is part of.



Poland is an evolved Communist dictatorship.

“Zbigniew Ziobro, the Polish justice minister and a member of the hardline right-wing United Poland party.”

Mr Ziobro is a member of a hardline ruling class in Poland. His father had a privileged position under the Communist dictatorship. He is now himself in a position of power in this evolved Communist dictatorship.

“Hardline right-wing” is only an empty label. It is based on noisy and meaningless gestures. Most people don’t expect the lie to be so bold.

Communists began producing fake parties and fake movements from their early days in power.



Collective protagonist

My comment on the article Belarus protests: Opponents of Lukashenko lose heating and water by Marc Bennetts in The Times, 18 November 2020.

Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 18 November 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times, 18 November 2020

Ah, the virtual politics of BeLaLand.

“Residents said bio-toilets painted in the red and white of the opposition flag were delivered to the district on the morning that the taps went dry. It is unclear who was responsible but some locals suspect the move was a deliberate act of mockery by pro-Lukashenko officials.”

The whole thing is a mockery. The regime and its ‘opposition’ perfectly agree on the white-red-white flags and symbolism associated with the Grand Duchy Lithuania, Pogoń/Pahonia coat of arms and its flags, during its union with Poland in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Now the regime tries to appropriate that history as their own, pretending it is done by an opposition. Belarus does not have any state history to speak of. This is a long-term historic thinking at work here.

Someone has to pay for and make all that gadgetry on display during the ‘protests’. As is typical in Communist countries, the hero is a collective and the fake story is put forward as an explanation.

Mass ‘protests’ and displays of some kind of disapproval are nothing new. It has been done many times before. Condemned were capitalists, wealthier farmers, people of independent mind, disgraced Communist officials. What we are seeing today is absolutely nothing new.

They are living and practicing lies in their daily lives.



15 October 2004

My comment on the article […] abuse scandal tarnishes John Paul II’s sainthood by Philip Willan in The Times, 16 November 2020. I posted the text around 1 am. It was held until late morning when it was finally allowed to appear. Top picture, full text of the comment.

Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 16 November 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times 16 November 2020
LS Borkowski comment in The Times 16 November 2020
Lech S Borkowski’s comment was held by The Times from around 1 am to at least late morning, 16 November 2020

There are also other problems with John Paul II, which are outside the scope of this article and which have never received any scrutiny.

The article mentions George Weigel, the hagiographer of John Paul II. In the article Pope John Paul II’s Soviet Spy in the Wall Street Journal on 14 May 2020 he claimed:

“Students of the Cold War’s dark arts know that Communist intelligence services deeply penetrated the Vatican in the 1970s. Yet few know that Pope John Paul II, whose centenary will be marked on May 18, had his own secret agent in the Soviet Union during the 1980s.”

John Paul II celebrated the 26th anniversary of his pontificate in 2004. There was only one event devoted to this celebration: the Red Army Choir’s concert in the Vatican on 15 October 2004, broadcast on Russian and Italian tv. The last song of the evening was “Oka”, the anthem of the First Division of the future Polish Communist army, formed in the Soviet Union in 1943. Curiously enough, no one in the media commented on the “Oka” song.

Red Army Choir performing in the Vatican on 15 October 2004
Red Army Choir performing in the Vatican on 15 October 2004

The keywords of that article’s title: “pope John Paul II” and “Soviet spy” indeed seem to be accurate, but not in the way most people would expect.

The speed with which JPII was canonised was more likely due to an intervention of quite an earthly force and the problems described in the article, while very bad indeed, are not the only ones.



Discontinuities and incongruities

My comment on the article Polish nationalists clash with police at Independence Day rally in Warsaw in The Times, 12 November 2020.

Lech S Borkowski comment The Times 12 November 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment on The Times article 12 November 2020
The Times removed the comment

The story presented in the article sits firmly within the general Communist narrative, a Communist mythology.

The alleged ‘nationalists’ are people of the ruling class. The new ruling class is the same as the old ruling class. They are the same people and their children. These simulated demonstrations are in the best interest of this ruling class.

The mythology, this article is part of, can only be maintained through censoring and omission of an ocean of inconvenient information.

I know this country very well. I know the cheating and lying officials, who cheat, lie, and falsify in the same way as before 1990. My family and I were the target of numerous violations of law by the state apparatus over decades, regardless of the advertised political profile of the government seemingly in charge. The modus operandi of these unlawful actions remained invariant over several decades. The people involved in those criminal actions are protected by the top authorities and were rewarded by career advances.

The Times article is based , among other things, on an unexpressed assumption that the changes of 1989-90 were a gigantic collapse of the dictatorship of lies and a transition into unkimited authenticity in public life. This is nonsense.

If needed, new fake parties and new fake movements can be created on short notice. Discontinuities and internal incongruities of political stories won’t be noticed by most of the readers. The political and social technology in Communist countries is quite advanced. There is also the linguistic barrier and different historical experience.

The show can go on.



Revolutionary dynamics

My comment on As Polish abortion laws tighten women fear an impossible choice by Kasia Strek and Peter Conradi in The Sunday Times, 8 November 2020, online on 7 November 2020.

Lech S Borkowski comment on The Sunday Times article 8 November 2020, part 1
Lech S Borkowski, comment on The Sunday Times article 8 November 2020, part 1
Lech S Borkowski, comment on The Sunday Times article, 8 November 2020, part 2
Lech S Borkowski, comment on The Sunday Times article, 8 November 2020, part 2

This affair is being played as a typical Communist polit-soap opera. Hyper-activism of thousands of ‘protesters’ in a country without any social capital, some holding signs with foul language. Emotions seemingly run high. What you see is what you get? Well, not quite.

Some of these rallies took place in Warsaw in front of the monument to the Communist rule in Poland, the so-called Palace of Culture and Science, erected in the early 1950s, as shown in the article’s leading picture.

The address of this monstrous building is Palace of Culture and Science, Plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warsaw, Poland. It houses the HQ of the Polish Academy of Sciences. During the thirty years that passed since the alleged fall of Communism the Academy of Sciences remained faithful to its totalitarian origin in 1951 and its totalitarian location. The Communist baton dominating Warsaw has not been demolished.

We are told that now it is the Catholic church which holds sway over the public life in Poland and its political affairs. This claim, however, does not hold water. Communists got the Catholic church firmly under their control in the first years of their rule post-WWII. The Vatican itself sought to appease Communists. The Hungarian primate Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty who staunchly resisted the Communist control of the Catholic church in Hungary was stripped of his Cardinal title by the pope Paul VI in 1973.

The Polish pope John Paul II, referred to in an accompanying Times article as ‘the late Polish pope who provided the spiritual authority behind the overthrow of communism’, did not provide any spiritual authority because there was no such thing as an overthrow of Communism. It was a Communist-designed transition from an open dictatorship to dictatorship below the line, disguised as a simulated and managed democracy.

John Paul II celebrated the 26th anniversary of his papacy in 2004 with the Red Army Choir concert in the Papal Audience Hall. The last song of the evening was ‘Oka’, the anthem of the first Polish Communist division formed in the Soviet Union in 1943. The concert was broadcast to Italy and Russia. The Russians are telling you in bold letters: ‘dear comrades, he is our man’.

There was no chance for an anti-Communist priest to rise through the ranks of clergy without the regime stopping it. No chance. This could happen only in fairy tales.

Unfortunately, The Times contributes to this contemporary mythology by uncritically publishing these articles, whose entire framework is incorrect.

You also need to understand that the concept of law in Poland is largely abstract. Its meaning is similar to that pre-1990. What matters is not the dry letter of the law but the ‘revolutionary dynamics’ in the sense described by Stanisław Mackiewicz in his book “Russian Minds in Fetters” (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1932). The state is essentially criminal and it does not depend on an advertised political profile of a government. It was equally criminal twenty years ago or ten years ago as it is now.

Poland is an evolved Communist dictatorship in disguise. Dictatorship adapts and evolves.


This text is also supported by my wife Małgorzata Głuchowska, pianist and piano teacher, removed from her job in a state institution in 2015 by unlawful actions of the state apparatus.


Collective control and management of life

My comment on the op-ed article The Times view on Poland’s new abortion ban: Law and Injustice in The Times, 3 November 2020.

3 Nov 2020, Lech S Borkowski comment on an op-ed article in The Times
Lech S Borkowski, comment on an op-ed article in The Times, 3 Nov 2020

The Times writers and editors ignore the most basic elements of the Polish reality. It may be even worse: they do not want to understand.

You are looking at a Communist country, but assume that all that totalitarianism, all that control and management of the tiniest details of life has magically disappeared, and you are trying to squeeze your interpretation into the western framework. A demonstration in Warsaw means something else than a demonstration in London.

It is incorrect to write that Poland went from extremes in collective control and management of all aspects of life to the extremes of a man’s imagined will imposed upon a country. This is silly.

Catholic religion the dominant force in Poland? No. It only provides a convenient cover. The ruling class is the same as before 1990. The rules of the game are the same as before 1990. Only decorations are different.

The western media have lost the plot long time ago. They believe in a magic collapse of Communism, rebirth of democracy, and a massive shift to authenticity in public life. This theory has not been confirmed by experiments conducted in the trenches of everyday life.

Mr J. Kaczyński and scores of people around him come from families privileged under Communism. They were trained in political technology. The entire ‘collapse of Communism’ was fake. People ‘protesting’ against them on the street are from the same ruling class. This is an artificial conflict. One of many.



Neural correlates of consciousness

My comment on Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees review: a tale of two tyrants by Robert Gerwarth in The Telegraph, 26 October 2020.

Lech S Borkowski comment on a book review by Robert Gerwarth in The Telegraph 26 October 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment on “Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees book review” in The Telegraph, 26 October 2020

WWII and associated developments are typically viewed from mostly a military perspective. Started on [date], ended on [date]. [number] mln killed.

My family comes from eastern Poland, which suffered three occupations during WWII and afterwards: the Soviet one 1939-1941, the German 1941-1944 and again the Soviet one from 1944 on.

The war has not ended in 1945. My parents and other family members were imprisoned in concentrations camps in the Soviet Union for many years after WWII. One of my uncles was tortured to the point of not knowing his own name. He was permanently damaged. Technically alive, dead as a human being.

My mother suffered terribly as well. WWII was terrible enough, but the real hell came post-1945. The war against our family has never really ended. More recently, my wife and I were fired from our jobs in Poland in 2015, because the neural correlates of our consciousness exhibited features proscribed for elimination by the ruling class installed as a result of the Communist occupation.

Our families suffered from both Nazis and Communists. My wife’s grandfather fought against the German invasion in 1939, was later imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940-41, then fought with the Allies on the western front, and again imprisoned by the Communists when he returned to Poland in 1947.

While WWII understood as a military campaign ended in 1945, the violence associated with it continued in non-military forms against civilians. Poland understood as a civilization developed over the centuries, has been wiped out. Now the same name is being used by the Communist fake.




WWII history reduced to caricature

My second comment on Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees review by David Aaronovitch in The Times, 23 October 2020.

Lech S Borkowski, WWII history reduced to caricature, comment The Times 26 October 2020
WWII history reduced to caricature, my comment on Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees book review, David Aaronovitch in The Times 26 October 2020

26 October 2020

I would like to return to the second paragraph of the review, on which I commented already earlier. The entire article is based on the concept of symmetry of the two dictatorships.

“One of the Polish cities the Soviets annexed was Lwow, which they incorporated into Ukraine.”

Ukrainian Soviet “republic”.

“As the German forces neared Lwow the local NKVD — the internal security police — massacred 4,000 political detainees in Brygidki prison. A few weeks later the occupying Germans egged on local Ukrainians to murder 4,000 Jews by way of retaliation. It was a bloody symmetry, of a kind.”

This is a misrepresentation. There is no symmetry here. Those killed by the Soviets were Polish citizens of Polish and Ukrainian ethnicity. Those killed by the Germans were also Polish citizens. Omitting their citizenship is beneficial to the Communist narrative. Soviet Union worked through their agents before WWII, such as the father of a contemporary prominent figure in the Polish media, on promoting support for the annexation of eastern Poland. The occupation by the Soviet Union of eastern Poland in 1939-1941 and again post-1944 was appropriately manipulated by Moscow. Declaring that Poland was dead, omitting the victims’ citizenship, and focusing on their ethnicity instead, while eliminating Poles from the picture, is part of that Communist narrative.

The Nazi occupiers also killed professors of the Polish universities in Lwów.

Poland was the only significant country which fought against both of these totalitarian states.


P.S. Note the captions under pictures of the dictators:

“Adolf Hitler always planned to attack the USSR”
“Joseph Stalin refused to listen to warnings about German aggression”

Communist caricature of WWII.


Not impressed

My short comment on the article Headbutted and kicked in the ribs — Belarusian police gave me a taste of the brutality meted out to protesters by Gareth Browne in The Times, 19 October 2020.

Lech S Borkowski comment on The Times article 19 October 2020
Comment on The Times article 19 October 2020

Sorry, but I am not impressed. Those without experience of reality in Communist country might be, but not me.

The regime is staging the protests to organize a transition to the next phase, which is a fake democracy. Those protesters are people of the regime. They want to create a founding myth for the next phase: BTL dictatorship, i.e. dictatorship below the line.

I am writing this as a son of survivors of Communist concentration camps in northern Russia, Bolesław Borkowski and Irena Ostrowska.



Decades of false reporting

My comment on the article Putin has become tangled in his own web by Roger Boyes in The Times, 20 October 2020.


“He finds Lukashenko embarrassing and ducked out of at least one meeting with him in Moscow, yet under pressure from Minsk he has put the Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, exiled in Lithuania, on the Russian wanted list. If he wants quiet on Russia’s western front, he has decided, Lukashenko has to be propped up.”

The Times record, including Mr Boyes, on reporting and interpreting Eastern Europe is not particularly great. We are now in 2020, after decades of false reporting.

This reasoning is based on assumptions that might apply to a western democracy, but not to Communist states. It ignores what happened there during the last hundred years. It postulates implicitly certain type of stupidity and lack of cunning among the Russian rulers.

If anything, they outsmarted consistently the West.

For example, the changes of 1989-90 in Poland and elsewhere in Eastern Europe were not related to the overthrow of Communism. This was merely a reorganisation, a change of scenography. It was the Communists themselves who organised ‘the opposition’ recruiting from their own ranks, with Adam Michnik and Tadeusz Mazowiecki their prime examples in Poland. Mr Boyes apparently either failed to notice the obvious or decided to cleanse his narrative of contradicting elements

It is no different in Belarus this time.


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