Wojciech Witold Jaruzelski  born 6 July 1923) is a retired Polish military officer and Communist politician. He was the last Communist leader of Poland from 1981 to 1989, Prime Minister from 1981 to 1985 and the country's head of state from 1985 to 1990. He was also the last commander-in-chief of the Polish People's Army (LWP). He resigned from power after the Polish Round Table Agreement in 1989 that led to democratic elections in Poland.

Wojciech Witold Jaruzelski born 6 July is a retired Polish military…

General Wojciech Jaruzelski,  Prime Minister of Poland from 1981 to 1985, 25.05.14, aged 90

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Prime Minister of Poland from 1981 to aged 90

Gen. Jaruzelski during military training

Wojciech Jaruzelski inspecting a new recruit of the Polish People's Army in basic training.

Bolesław Bierut-18 April 1892 – 12 March 1956; also known under assumed names Jerzy Bolesław Bielak and Bolesław Birkowski was a Polish Communist leader, NKVD agent and a hard-line Stalinist who became President of Poland after the Soviet takeover of the country in the aftermath of World War II.

However, Gomułka never supported Stalin's control over the Polish Communists…

Wanda Wasilewska standing atop a jeep giving a speech to Polish troops of the 1st Tadeusz Kościuszko Infantry Division in Sielce near the Oka River, May 1943.

Wanda Wasilewska standing atop a jeep giving a speech to Polish troops of the Tadeusz Kościuszko Infantry Division in Sielce near the Oka River, May

Gomulka and Krushchov in Katowice Poland 1956

Gomulka and Krushchov in Katowice Poland 1956

The head of the United Polish Workers' Party Wladyslaw Gomulka, on whom the Soviet invasion of Hungary made a deep impression,soon began to crack down on the liberalization unleashed by the "Polish October," 1956. He reimposed censorship of the press in August 1957, and took away the power of Workers’ Councils in the factories, established in Oct. 1956.  He turned against the R.C.Church in 1959 by ending the teaching of religion in the schools, but allowed it to continueafter school hours

The Soviet and Polish communists were troubled by the establishment of Israel and its ensuing success and worried by their perception of shifting loyalties of people of Jewish descent within the ranks of the communist parties and establishments.

Portrait of Michał Rola-Żymierski, first Marshal of the Polish People's Republic.

Portrait of Michał Rola-Żymierski, first Marshal of the Polish People's Republic.

1945 Battle of Berlin - Polish People's Army generals Michał Rola-Żymierski (center, in leather trenchcoat) and Marian Spychalski (right) walking victoriously through the streets of Berlin.

1945 Battle of Berlin - Polish People's Army generals Michał Rola-Żymierski (center, in leather trenchcoat) and Marian Spychalski (right) walking victoriously through the streets of Berlin.

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