MARCH 1968 IN KOSZALIN AND SLUPSK
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The March events in Koszalin and Slupsk did not involve any strikes or street demonstrations. Nonetheless, the inhabitants of these two towns were interested in political developments, one of the most important topics of the debates held by Party organisations. The policy of the official authorities towards the students and the absence of reliable information led to growing tension among the workers of various enterprises in Koszalin and Slupsk. In order to lessen the prevailing feeling of dissatisfaction the authorities organised mass-scale meetings, which condemned the troublemakers and instigators, and called for the elimination of all Zionists from the Party and for industrial production commitments. Each critical remark about Militia brutality or the steps taken by the Party authorities was regarded as a symptom of hostile political activity; similarly as in the whole country the local, and in this case insignificant, Jewish community found itself in an extremely difficult situation. The Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia coincided with another rise of interest in the March events, discernible on the threshold of the Fifth Congress of the Polish United Workers' Party, held in November 1968. One of its most significant consequences was the accelerated realisation of earlier decisions about the establishment of local schools of higher learning: the Engineering Academy in Koszalin and the Teachers' College in Slupsk.
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