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'Mr Konik, we're going to use the copier'


The decision to disband Po prostu
Jan Józef Lipski Social activist
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Te zmiany w kierunku odstępowania od obietnic październikowych szły bardzo szybko. A jednocześnie pismo się radykalizowało – „Po Prostu” radykalizowało się. I w pewnym momencie okazało się, że dla Gomułki, który był wyniesiony między innymi na tej fali przez „Po Prostu” istnienie tego pisma stało się już nie do wytrzymania i nieznośne. Podjęto decyzję zamknięcia pisma oskarżonego o rewizjonizm i co się też i stało – znaczną część prawie wszystkich członków partii w redakcji „Po prostu” z partii usunięto, a młodzież warszawska odpowiedziała na likwidację pisma trzema... rozruchami, które trwały trzy dni.

Those changes, which didn't follow the promises made in October, progressed very quickly. At the same time, the publication was becoming more radical – Po prostu was becoming more radical. After some time, it turned out that the existence of this publication had become intolerable to Gomułka whom Po prostu had helped to raise to his present position. The decision was made to close down the publication, which was accused of revisionism, and that's what happened, and a significant section of nearly all the party members who were in the editorial team were removed from the party, while the youth of Warsaw responded to the closing down of the publication with riots which lasted three days.

Jan Józef Lipski (1926-1991) was one of Poland's best known political activists. He was also a writer and a literary critic. As a soldier in the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), he fought in the Warsaw Uprising. In 1976, following worker protests, he co-founded the Workers' Defence Committee (KOR). His active opposition to Poland's communist authorities led to his arrest and imprisonment on several occasions. In 1987, he re-established and headed the Polish Socialist Party. Two years later, he was elected to the Polish Senate. He died in 1991 while still in office. For his significant work, Lipski was honoured with the Cross of the Valorous (Krzyż Walecznych), posthumously with the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1991) and with the highest Polish decoration, the Order of the White Eagle (2006).

Listeners: Marcel Łoziński Jacek Petrycki

Film director Marcel Łoziński was born in Paris in 1940. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź in 1971. In 1994, he was nominated for an American Academy Award and a European Film Academy Award for the documentary, 89 mm from Europe. Since 1995, he has been a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Art and Science awarding Oscars. He lectured at the FEMIS film school and the School of Polish Culture of Warsaw University. He ran documentary film workshops in Marseilles. Marcel Łoziński currently lectures at Andrzej Wajda’s Master School for Film Directors. He also runs the Dragon Forum, a European documentary film workshop.

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Tags: Po Prostu, Władysław Gomułka

Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds

Date story recorded: October 1989

Date story went live: 10 March 2011