REACHING OUT TO MEMBERS OF THE HOME ARMY ('PO PROSTU' IN 1956) (Na spotkanie akowcom ('Po prostu' w 1956 r.)
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The communists who after the Second World War seized power in Poland regarded the Home Army and the Warsaw Uprising as extremely awkward topics. Consequently, the authorities aimed at deforming those two concepts by resorting to assorted propaganda measures. The heroic Warsaw insurgents became doomed to non-existence and were portrayed as the 'enemies of the people' and 'traitors inspired by the London government'. The post-war press mentioned members of the Home Army exclusively within such a context. The article 'Na spotkanie ludziom z AK' (Reaching Out to Men from the Home Army) by Jerzy Ambroziewicz, Walery Namiotkiewicz, and Jan Olszewski, published in March 1956 in the periodical 'Po prostu' (no. 11/373), broke the conspiracy of silence about a generation fighting in the Home Army ranks and initiated the probably most important historical discussion since the end of the war. The article can be regarded as a veritable breakthrough - it contains a vividly formulated postulate concerning the necessity of reassessing members of the Home Army and an unambiguously positive appraisal of their stand. The authors wrote outright that: 'The blood and toil of every soldier of the conspiracy should be measured the same'.
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