Concentration camp Poland

My third comment following the article Benefits boom pushes Polish populists to victory by Oliver Moody in The Times, 14 October 2019.


This is a response to those uncritically accepting the well-known widely publicized narrative.

To present a narrative, especially one contrary to the widely publicized one, it does take a little longer to experience, analyze and assess. And I and my wife have done that. We have documents and texts to show for it.

The Communist devil is in the details. The necessary condition is to think critically, ask questions, verify, interact with the authorities by e.g. writing letters etc.

I recommend reading our texts at lsborkowski.com/pol/

They are available for everyone to see.

We also have some sound recordings. At the top of my Twitter feed is currently pinned a sound clip from my visit to the Ministry of Culture in Warsaw, Center for Artistic Education, 23 October 2012. This was at the time when Donald Tusk was the Prime Minister and another former ‘dissident’ and a recent MEP Bogdan Zdrojewski was the Minister of Culture. One of the lawyers in the legal section of the Center threatened me with hurting my ‘paws’ during my attempt to make notes during the few minutes when I had access to a document produced by a representative of the Ministry.

We documented falsifications and violations of law. We also raised our voice against it.

We were both expelled from our jobs in the Autumn of 2015, my wife from the State School of Music in Zielona Góra and I from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań for contradicting the imposed fake narrative, for using our rights theoretically declared in the constitution of 1997.

My wife, the best piano teacher in the School’s piano section, with many professional achievements, was declared to be psychologically unfit for the job. After twenty years of an impeccable and a very successful service. The authorities used against her a typical Communist method. The Communist Labor Code introduced in 1974, contains provision for compulsory health checks by the specialized branch of the health service: Occupational Health Service.

In 1996, the Minister of Health issued an ordinance allowing the functionaries of the Occupational Health Service to request unspecified and unrestricted additional health checks. The employee is not allowed to continue in his/her current occupation, unless he or she shows an approval from the Occupational Health Service. Much like in a concentration camp. The camp physician decides, whether you can continue to work, and therefore to live, or whether you should be fired and your life ought to be terminated.

Why such an obvious totalitarian tool escaped attention of journalists, scholars, politicians? We sent hundreds of letters to the top officials and MPs in Poland and have not received a single meaningful answer.

My wife was forced to go to a psychologist under the threat of losing her job. Everyone knows that there is no method to assess psychologically whether someone is fit for the job of a pianist and piano teacher. After two approximately 40-45 minute conversations the psychologist issued an ‘opinion’ that Malgorzata Gluchowska suffers from unspecified delusions and is unfit for the job she performed so successfully for over twenty years. Sounds like the Soviet Union, doesn’t it?

We have got sound recordings of these conversations. We have sent transcripts to the authorities. We sent it to the Prime Minister Morawiecki, the Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro, to other members of the cabinet and to the MPs. You can read the transcript online. Part of recording is also available there. And the entire recording is ready to be used in the criminal proceedings against the members of the Occupational Medical Service as well as against other members of the state hierarchy. The state’s top officials protect criminals masquerading as a health service.

It is obvious that this action had the approval and protection at the very top. The participants must have been assured of impunity and of being rewarded for it, otherwise they wouldn’t have dared to undertake such a bold action.

The prosecuting authority falsified the proceedings in a typical Communist manner.

My parents were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Union for their convictions and standing up against it. My father deserted from the Communist army in January 1945. He was sentenced by the NKVD War Tribunal to ten years in the camp. My mother’s family supported anti-Communist resistance in Eastern Poland, which was occupied by the Soviet Union after 1944. She was imprisoned from 1949 to 1956. That was real opposition to Communism.

The Solidarity trade union and other ‘opposition’ movements of the 1970s and the 1980s in Poland were fake.

@LechSBorkowski

Social terror in Poland

Another comment I wrote under the same article in the Telegraph as mentioned in my previous blog post.

“Lech Borkowski

After many years of bullying and all kinds of harassment of our family, my wife and I were expelled from our state jobs for political reasons in 2015. I worked as an associate professor of Physics at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan My wife Malgorzata Gluchowska is a pianist and she worked as a piano teacher in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra.

Whenever we objected to the violations of law or violations of our rights, we were threatened with the job loss either explicitly or implicitly.

Our family has been subjected to an extremely vicious campaign of bullying and harassment. Our daughter was attacked in her elementary school as well. You can read about it online at lsborkowski.com/pol/

My wife was eventually dismissed as psychologically unfit for her job despite being the best, the most successful piano teacher in the school.

These are mechanisms of social terror employed by the Communist regime. Nothing changed, except for superficial, meaningless symbolism. Crosses displayed in public places should be viewed more through the prism of the Red Army Choir’s triumphant visit to the Vatican in 2004, where they celebrated the 26th anniversary of pope John Paul’s pontificate. You can find this concert on youtube. The last song that evening was “Oka”, a hymn of the Polish Communist army organised in the Soviet Union in 1943.”

Comment to an article on bullying

The Sunday Times (London), 25 August 2019, published an article about bullying:

Fresh complaints over ‘toxic’ workplace culture at Edinburgh University vet school

This is a follow-up on an article published earlier this month Edinburgh University vet school ‘run like the Stasi’, in which Andrew Brown, a senior lecturer, was quoted to have written in his letter to the head of the University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, “I have worked at several universities in my career, and never have I encountered the degree of bullying, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination that I have here. The atmosphere is utterly toxic, and everyone is scared to say anything in case it is heard and reported . . . it is like working with the East German Stasi.”

One person quoted in last Sunday’s article said “Bullying and harassment are threats to basic health and safety and cannot be tolerated.”

Here is the comment I published under the latest article.

“This is a very important problem that does not receive enough attention.

In my case, my entire family was targeted in a coordinated bullying across different institutions in Poland. I guess you can call it state-sponsored bullying. In this case the state looks less like the the word “the state” suggests and instead functions more like a criminal organisation based on threats and coercion. Losing one’s job is a powerful threat.

The law was being violated openly and nobody cared. Among many things, examination grades were falsified at the university, where I worked and at the school of music, where my wife worked. When we notified the prosecutor’s office for the first time our daughter was attacked immediately in her elementary school.

There was a whole campaign of social violence against us. It was always there but it became extremely intense in 2011 and continues to this day. We were both fired in 2015. In my wife’s case a false medical statement was fabricated claiming she could not continue in her job of a pianist and piano teacher. She was the most successful member of the 18-member piano section in her school.

The top authorities, including four prime ministers, two presidents, numerous ministers and MPs have received very detailed information. Also many media received information from us but remained silent.

Bullying is a form of coercive control. It may be perpetrated not only by more powerful and privileged individuals but also by well organised groups, thus becoming a form of organised crime.

@LechSBorkowski”

There is, of course, a huge difference between the UK and Poland. In the UK, like in most western countries’, bullying is usually a local affair. In Poland, bullying and harassment is highly organised and is an indispensable part of the system.

I went twice to the Poznań office of Gazeta Wyborcza, the daily with the largest circulation, in Poland in 2012. I told them about my experience at the Adam Mickiewicz University. They completely ignored what I told them. This is perfectly logical, as media in Poland are part of the oppressive system.