February 23, 1990
Now, Poland, there's a union town . . . er, country. So what's the Marriott Corp., that avowedly non-union hotel chain, doing opening the country's first Western-managed hotel? Just paying the workers at the Warsaw Marriott better-than-average wages while feeding them two meals a day - not to mention bringing in desperately needed foreign currency for the Polish government. The company's boost to the local economy also extends to the contracts it has signed with Polish farmers, fishermen and a brewery to ensure a steady stream of local provisions.
March 22, 1990 |
In an effort to calm Polish fears of a powerful, reunified Germany, President Bush yesterday told Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki that "Poland must have a voice" in any international decisions "affecting the fate of Poland. " Bush's statement - the broadest commitment the United States has made to a major Polish role in determining the shape of a new Europe - was made in a White House ceremony welcoming Poland's first non-communist prime minister since World War II. Talks later between Bush and Mazowiecki focused on Poland's fears that a reunified Germany might try to claim territory ceded to Poland by Germany after World War II. Moreover, Poland wants a greater role than it has been granted in international discussions about German reunification.
April 25, 1990 |
Poland is finding that introducing democracy and capitalism is easier said than done, according to Polish diplomat Zbigniew Kudas, who described Poland as a nation where events are changing faster than attitudes. Although change in Poland has become irreversible, Poles must now become accustomed to the complexities of elections and free enterprise, said Kudas, who addressed a crowd of 100 people at Camden County College last Wednesday. "You also have a transition of minds," said Kudas, first secretary of the Polish Embassy in Washington.
December 23, 1986
I came back three weeks ago after two years in Poland and was greeted as a returning war veteran. I wondered why until I read a Dec. 14 front-page headline. "A struggle for survival grips Poles" may catch the reader's attention, but it does not capture the atmosphere in Warsaw. In a sense it is equally apt for Philadelphia. I imagine there are mothers here who also cannot afford to buy winter shoes for their children. Sure, Poles have less than Americans. Acquiring simple things like toilet paper is an art and important things like an apartment for some seem next to impossible, but life is not "a struggle for simple existence.
May 14, 1986 |
Poland yesterday called the terms of a U.S. offer of emergency milk "arrogant and abusive," and countered with a pledge of 5,000 blankets and sleeping bags for New York's "many thousands of homeless who sleep in the streets. " The U.S. government has offered to send Poland 50,000 tons of powdered milk to replace milk that might have been contaminated because of the Soviet nuclear accident. But yesterday, Jerzy Urban, a spokesman for the Polish government, assailed a May 6 U.S. Senate resolution urging that the milk be distributed through Polish church and charitable groups, rather than by the Communist government, to make sure it was given out without political considerations.
February 25, 1990 |
More than a decade of struggle for freedom and democracy will bear fruit in Poland this year. Poland is getting cable television. Yes, it's cable television for a nation in which less than a quarter of the households have telephones but 98 percent have television sets, according to the joint venture that will build the nationwide cable system. Cable television for a country where the only two broadcast channels - both government-owned - each operates about 12 hours a day. And, true to the capitalist system their nation is adopting, Poles will pay a lot for the new service, perhaps as much as $22 a month in a country where the average monthly income per person is less than $200.
March 6, 2013 |
WARSAW, Poland - The daughters of a Yiddish writer persecuted under communism reclaimed copies of his works Tuesday after a prolonged legal fight with a Polish archive. The letters, newspaper articles, and poems by Naftali Herts Kon, whose real name was Jakub Serf, were deposited with the Warsaw Archives by communist authorities after he was sentenced to prison on fabricated charges in 1963. After 15 months in confinement, Kon left for Israel, where he died in 1971. On Tuesday, his daughters received the papers - in 15 folders.
August 20, 1989 |
The Solidarity trade union movement, suppressed for years with its leaders sometimes imprisoned, now governs Poland after the abdication of the ruling Communist Party yesterday - a voluntary passage of power unthinkable only months ago. Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 62, the editor of Solidarity's weekly magazine and who was interned for a year during martial law in 1980-81, was asked formally last night to fashion a new government by President Wojciech Jaruzelski,...
May 6, 1989 |
President Bush this summer will make the first visit to Hungary by a U.S. president and will stop in Poland to show American approval of reforms in Eastern Europe, the White House said yesterday. White House officials said Bush would visit the two countries, which are at the cutting edge of change in Eastern Europe, in mid-July before heading to Paris to attend the annual economic summit of Western industrial powers. Bush might add Yugoslavia to his itinerary, the White House said.
June 13, 1990 |
Renee Wright began the spring semester at Bodine High School for International Affairs by teaching Eastern European geography to her 10th-grade class, and discussing how the new openness will affect the former Soviet bloc countries. On Sunday, the former student-teacher will start to find out about Eastern Europe firsthand as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Poland. And she'll be making history, as well, as one of the first 120 Peace Corps volunteers dispatched anywhere in Europe.