THE POZNAN JUNE IN THE HISTORICAL POLICY OF PZPR (POLISH UNITED WORKERS' PARTY) IN THE YEARS 1980-1989 (Poznanski Czerwiec 1956 w polityce historycznej PZPR w latach 1980-1989)
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Cultivation of the memory of the Poznan June of 1956 was banned in Polish People's Republic (PRL) for nearly twenty-five years after the bloody pacification of the rebellious city. The leadership of the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR) realized that the protests of the Poznan workers subverted the sense of the existence of the co-called 'power of the people' and for a quarter of a century adopted the policy of eliminating the Poznan June from collective historical memory. The situation changed radically in autumn 1980 when the 'Solidarity' movement referred to the tradition of the first revolt of the society in PRL, a decision that could not leave PZPR passive. The article is an attempt to show the activity of PZPR in shaping the historical policy toward the Poznan June in the last decade of PRL. The following research questions served as starting points: Why did PZPR decide to 'reclaim' the Poznan June in the 1980's by giving it an adequately 'objective' character and including into the party calendar of commemorations of feasts and anniversaries? By what means did the Voivodship Committee (KW PZPR) intend to achieve this goal? To what extent were the political-propagandist initiatives of PZPR characterized by repeatability and to what extent were they used in the realization of short-term political goals?
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