Polish-Soviet friendship 2.0

My comment on the article Polish president looks for US troops to give him edge in election by Oliver Moody in The Times, 25 June 2020.

There is a misunderstanding about the changes of 1989-90. It was not, as it is usually presented, a ‘transition to democracy’. The ruling Communists maintained the same firm grip on power. What changed, was decorations and the plurality of lies.

As the Soviet troops were withdrawing from Poland in the first half of the 1990s, a contingent of civil operatives were brought in from the Soviet republics, who were installed at the state cultural and scientific institutions. Jobs, that were difficult to get for qualified Polish citizens, were given to the Russians. Given the circumstances and the logistics of this exercise, it was clearly the result of a cooperation of Poland, Russia, and the Soviet republics.

There was no obvious need that these people would fulfill.

Poland pretended to be officially an opponent of Russia, while on the ground continued the Communist business-as-usual. The mutual recognition of university degrees and other certificates continued until Poland entered the European Union in 2004. So, if you e.g. had a degree from a top western university, you had to go through the verification process with your diploma. However, if your degree was from Belarus, Kazakhstan, or any place in Russia, it was automatically accepted as valid.

In my wife’s workplace, at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra in what is now western Poland, the head of the piano section was and probably still is an operative from Leningrad. That woman came to Poland around 1991 to a school of music in a small town in south-west Poland. Later on she moved to a better known school on the Polish-German border, and finally, after another couple of years to Zielona Góra. These moves would not have been possible without any special backing. These are jobs which are difficult to obtain for the Poles.

There are quite many examples of this policy in Poland. Quite obviously this is the next phase of the Polish-Soviet friendship.

These Russian operatives do not have any particularly precious expertise. Their presence contradicts common sense and sometimes even the law.

My wife was fired from the said School of Music in Zielona Góra, despite being the most successful piano teacher. Interestingly, the Russians (there is more than one of them in the school), often used the Soviet and Russian editions of classic composers, which were clearly falsified. The musical text was clearly wrong. It was not only the cyrillic of the letters, that was the problem. but also the musical text. But nobody dared to raise the issue.

This tells you more about reality than the noise about American troops, which might come to Poland.

If they come, they will be puppets in someone else’s hands. Americans do not have a clue.



Krzysztof Penderecki

My comment on Krzysztof Penderecki, avant garde Polish composer and conductor – obituary, in The Telegraph, 29 March 2020.

Lech Borkowski 30 Mar 2020 10:16PM

I see that the comment I posted yesterday was removed. Let me try again with a modified text.

The phrase “Penderecki, a left-wing Catholic” explains it all, if read with a critical dose of understanding. He was nurtured by the Communist regime.

Penderecki’s “Since I became so successful, they tolerate me,” is a lie. He was one of them. It was not tolerance. It was full support. The Communist regime consisted not just of the Communist Party members. People were basically divided into two categories: (1) those, who should live and advance, and (2) those, whose should be eliminated. He was firmly in the first category. There was nothing accidental about making a career in a Communist country. John Paul II, e.i. formerly cardinal Karol Wojtyła of Kraków, was also one of them.

Those “left-wing Catholics” were simply part of the Communist ecosystem, including Catholic associations and parties, all subordinated to the Communist regime.

“Penderecki was appointed professor at Krakow Academy in 1958, becoming rector in 1972”. Professor at 25 years old, rector (university president) at 39? These are the most obvious signs of the privilege and support by the Communist authorities.