2007 | 19 | 273-310
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ZMS Policy toward March 1968

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In March 1968, students protested against the authorities' policies toward culture, science and education. The action initiated in Warsaw embraced almost all the academic centers and some smaller cities, going beyond the student milieu. The 'Zwiazek Mlodziezy Socjalistycznej', ZMS, (Union of Socialist Youth) was surprised by its outbreak, although the ferment had grown before its very eyes and within the framework of its structure. The attitudes of the Union's members towards the events of March were very diverse. Generally, the activists stood behind the authorities; the ordinary members, however, distanced themselves from the dispute or from identifying with the students who lent their support in various forms to the independent movement. In official pronouncements, the union condemned the protest actions, which organized groups of members attempted to hinder. The official youth-oriented press joined in the anti-Semitic propaganda. The fact that ZMS turned its back on the students finally compromised it in their eyes and many people resigned their membership. Also disappointed was the ruling of the Polish United Workers Party, which realized that the Union had no real influence on the younger generation. The March 1968 events thus both demonstrated ZMS' weakness and further compounded it, which led, in the course of a few years, to changes within the youth movement in Poland.
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