Polski Październik 1956 r. a reforma rolna
Polish October of 1956 and the agricultural reform
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In 1944, the new “people’s” government in Poland issued a decree on the implementation of the agricultural reform. Acquisition of land ownership often took place in violation of the provisions of this legal act. After Stalin’s death, as part of the political “thaw,” those illegally deprived of their property began to demand the return of their land. The act issued in 1958 invalidated these attempts and legalised all of them, including the illegal annexation of land by the state. The circumstances of the law’s enactment clearly indicate that its aim was to finally deprive landowners of the right to all claims against the state. This law still blocks the reprivatisation efforts against assets that were taken over in violation of the law on the basis of the decree on agricultural reform.
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