Simple deceiving tricks

Comment on Peter Conradi’s article Party writhes in hunt for next Merkel in The Times, 26 December 2020.

Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 26 December 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times, 26 December 2020

Simple facts contradict Angela Merkel’s supposed line of thought pursued by the author of the article. She was a member of the Communist youth organisation, a training ground for future Communist leaders. She joined to support, build and benefit from the Communist dictatorship.

Lots of Communists told lots of rubbish over the years how they loved western culture. This did not prevent them from loving the Communist party and their dictatorship even more. Gorbachev quoted Sinatra. Polish Communist banker boasted of knowing Jennifer Lopez. These are only simple rhetorical deceiving tricks.



The Times presents GDR Communist Party member as victim

My comment on Heart of darkness: classified tapes offer a glimpse into inner workings of the Stasi by Oliver Moody and Sabine Schu in The Times, 15 July 2020.

So the woman on tape was an East German Communist Party member and she was teaching the Freie Deutsche Jugend, the youth wing of the SED, Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, i.e. the party she was member of?

Being in that position she did not have to be recruited to inform. She had a highly ideological and important position. Informing was part and parcel of her social position and party membership. The description in the article does not strike as particularly realistic.

There is also a reference to Poland. In Poland, the Communists organised fake opposition groups. Some members of these fake opposition groups were members of elite Communist families and otherwise well privileged people.

You need to take a broader view and examine other evidence. Polish transformation of 1989-90 was fake.


The second short remark is a response to another reader’s comment, who wrote:

“However I did visit the museum of ‘The Russo-German War 1941-45″ on Unter den Linden and was surprised by the absence of Soviet propaganda. The portrayal of events, at least to my Western eyes, were accurate.”

“The portrayal of events […] was accurate”.

I am sorry, but your eyes are not the right benchmark, especially if you accept the museum’s exhibition title as adequate description of WWII.

There was nothing in the museum about imprisoning, deporting and killing Polish citizens under the Soviet occupation? About the killing of Polish resistance members?



Reports of demise through incompetence are exaggerated

My comment on Bumbling Stasi agents made up reports and put lovers on payroll by Oliver Chu, Sabine Schu in The Times, 11 July 2020.

Reports of demise through incompetence are exaggerated. Stasi papers as reputable source?. You need more than that to make a case.

There is plenty of evidence that the ‘collapse of Communism’ was staged.


Where do we start? Maybe like this:

“Communist MP with 98.92 percent of the vote becomes the first non-Communist PM of Poland”.


“One young agent, codenamed Erich, told trainees in 1985 how he had been tasked with infiltrating groups of students in Berlin and Leipzig and monitoring them for signs of “state-destructive activities”. He felt intellectually out of his depth but his handlers went to great lengths to make him seem “interesting” to his classmates, even discussing whether to insert a subversive chapter into his thesis in order to attract attention.”

This does not ring true. I have also been a student during 1980, although in Poland, and have not seen any state-destructive activities. I studied at three different universities in three cities. There were plenty of eyes everywhere and to suggest that there was difficulty in obtaining information about people and their activities is laughable. Communists eliminated private life.

First you need to know that Communists did all they could to eliminate from universities people hostile to the dictatorship. This applies to both staff and potential students. Preferential treatment was given to children of the Communist class, policemen, the army people, etc.

The point of the story seems to stimulate the idea that there were secret groups plotting the overthrow of Communism.

Those pockets of ‘resistance’ were likely to have been organized by the Stasi, just like the entire Solidarity movement was manufactured in Poland by the Communists. The leading roles in the ‘opposition to Communism’ were played by the Communists themselves. Adam Michnik, celebrated in western universities, is a son of a Soviet agent, who was imprisoned in the 1930s for his activities against the Polish state. Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Catholic obediently serving the Communist state, was a three-time member of the Communist ‘Parliament’, each time ‘elected’ with more than 95 percent of the votes. He was hailed as Poland’s first non-Communist Prime Minister after WWII, which is complete nonsense. Hanna Suchocka, another PM in the 1990s, was also a member of the Communist Parliament.

“the Stasi was fretting about pockets of pro-democratic resistance that would ultimately bring down the Berlin Wall in 1989.”

This is disinformation.


These tapes are not a reflection of reality. They may have been fabricated with the intention to deceive. The intention to depict the Communist apparatus as powerless is a long-standing decption. Stalin, when asked by the Polish general Sikorski about the whereabouts of thousands of Polish officers missing in 1941, replied he didn’t know. They have been murdered by their Communist forces in 1940.

The same tricks are being used today in Poland, the country of evolved Communism. The same Communist apparatus in disguise is running the state and pretends to be powerless when it suits them.



For whom the red carpet is rolled out

A short comment on controversy described in David Crossland’s article Critics pan Berlin film festival for giving ‘reactionary’ Jeremy Irons a starring role in The Times, January 22 2020.

Lech Borkowski  22 January

This outrage occurs in Germany, whose current long-time leader was a voluntary member of a totalitarian, Communist organisation: Freie Deutsche Jugend, the youth branch of the East German Communist Party. By being a member, Angela Merkel accepted and affirmed the totalitarian regime, expecting to make a career in the red dictatorship. This is much more serious.



Communist intelligence and the Communist regime

One more comment on the article Sprint to freedom: how the East German athlete Ines Geipel outran even the Stasi by Oliver Moody in The Sunday Times, 5 November 2019.

I am deeply skeptical of a daughter of a Communist intelligence officer playing the part of being in opposition to the dictatorship. I have read many similar stories in Poland and they are all false.

Expressing certain criticism towards the system is all right among Communists. To control the narrative you cannot avoid expressing criticism. They know that if they don’t do it, someone else will. Therefore the trick is to channel the criticism into safe areas, and leave it in safe hands, while at the same time preventing the full truth from being revealed.

In Poland the entire so-called “democratic opposition” to Communism was the creation of the Communist intelligence. The top leaders of the “opposition” were Communist party members, their children, and generally people from the inner circles of the Communist power. The first “non-Communist” prime minister in Poland was earlier a three-time member of the Communist “parliament”.

The story in the article seems to be made up in many ways.

Putting up posters protesting the violence in Tiananmen Square is exactly what a person protected by the authorities would do. Someone authentically opposed would not bother, because it was pointless, revenge would be inevitable.

“There was a big row,” – this also points to the falsehood of the story. Communists eliminate their opponents most often quietly. An open row served to build up a person’s social visibility. Communists were not that stupid. This element of the story does not make sense.



Stasi daughter

On 25 December 2019, The Times re-published the article Sprint to freedom: how the East German athlete Ines Geipel outran even the Stasi by Oliver Moody, originally issued on November 5, 2019.

The sprinter is a daughter of an East German intelligence officer. The circumstances and events presented in the article contradict the modus operandi of the Communist state.

I made a couple of short comments about the text.

This story is not credible. Ines Schmidt (Geipel) belonged to the most privileged cast in the DDR. She was sent to the Russian school preparing future intelligence officers. As far as I can see from the article she has not revealed anything substantial about the Communist regime.

Interestingly, during recent reminiscences of the 30 anniversary of the opening of the East German border, both The Telegraph and The Times chose to focus on two Communist children from the regime’s inner circle and presented them as opposed to the dictatorship, although they were born into the Communist privilege and led privileged life.

This is a fundamentally false narrative.


I know Communism from the receiving end. I have seen many stories about privileged Communist children being allegedly opposed to Communism. The problem is they weren’t and their stories are false.

To eliminate an athlete from the competition they did not need a surgery. It is also highly unlikely that she did not know about being doped.

The father agent and the Stasi Russian school? This was the elite of the Communist intelligence.

In Poland, the biggest figure among the so-called dissidents was Adam Michnik, son of an important Communist agent acting on behalf of the Soviet Union. He also has a false story of opposing Communism. This is just one example.

The collapse of Communism was staged.


There is an unspoken assumption here, that Communists did not want to dismantle the wall and that they wanted to remain indefinitely long in some kind of a Brezhnev nirvana. However, this assumption is incorrect.

For a long time they were busy engineering fake dissident movements. Preparations took long time.


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.



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.