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  • November 14, 1945

    Meeting of J.V. Stalin with V. Gomulka and G. Mintz Regarding the Situation in Poland

    Stalin advises Polish officials Gomulka and Mintz on the political and economic situation in Poland.

  • April 15, 1957

    Record of Conversation between Polish Premier J. Cyrankiewicz and Chinese Leader Mao Zedong, 8 April 1957

    Mao Zedong and Cyrankiewicz discuss industrial planning, international economic cooperation, and the economic situation in each of their respective countries.

  • April 02, 1958

    Record of Conversation between Polish Delegation and PRC Leader Mao Zedong, Wuhan

    Chairman Mao and Comrade Jaroszewicz changed their views about the plan to catch up with western countries, the excessive population growth, the agriculture production.

  • April 14, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Poland, 'Work Summary for the Chinese Embassy in Poland, 1960, and Plans for 1961'

    The Chinese Embassy in Poland reviews the state of China's relations with Poland in 1960-1961.

  • August 16, 1961

    Cable from the Party Committee at the Chinese Embassy in Poland, 'Regarding the Results of Discussions related to the Situation in Poland over the Past Six Months'

    The Chinese Embassy reviews Poland's foreign and domestic policies, and concludes that the "Polish United Workers’ Party leadership has a fairly systematic right-deviating brand of nationalism."

  • October 17, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Poland, 'Polish Celebration of Our National Day, the Polish Communist Party’s Attitude toward China, and Our Views'

    The Chinese Embassy in Poland concludes that "Poland consciously wishes to improve Chinese-Polish relations."

  • May 28, 1962

    Telegram from Polish Embassy in Havana (Jeleń), 28 May 1962

    Jelen discusses the new ambassador to Cuba as well as economic relations between Poland and Cuba and other economic concerns, like food shortages in Cuba.

  • May 31, 1962

    Summary of Ambassador Wang Binnan’s Report to the Department Party Committee

    Wang Bingnan reports extensively on social, political, religious, and economic conditions within Poland, as well as Poland's foreign relalations with the US, the Soviet Union, and China.

  • November 25, 1980

    Record of a Meeting between CPCz CC General Secretary Gustáv Husák and HSWP CC First Secretary János Kádár in Bratislava, (excerpt from Kádár)

    Excerpts from a discussion between Czechoslovak leader Husak and Hungarian leader Kadar on the situation in Poland. Janos Kadar suggests that the source of the crisis rests with mistakes made by the Polish leadership regarding economic policies. However, he still supports Polish leader Gierek, and believes that he should not have been removed from his position of responsibility.

  • March 12, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation reveals new economic controls from the Minister of Domestic Trade and Services such as rationing, temporary price controls, and restricted deliveries.

  • March 16, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation discusses public unrest after implementing martial law, including a rise in robberies and participation in resistance groups such as Solidarnosc. It also lists the military members involved in the decision making exercise.

  • May 26, 1981

    Memorandum from Max Hugel to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Report details protocol for various government agencies (military, political, diplomatic, economic, and state security) to address state security during the implementation of martial law.

  • November 13, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated report details both the militarization of national units such as the economy and administrative organs, as well as plans for the augmentation of the armed forces.

  • December 01, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of a classified document from the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs, providing information on: current political, socio-economic developments in the country; attitudes of the mass media, creative arts and academic circles; activities of the Roman Catholic Church; Western perspectives on Poland; and cases of disorderly conduct.

  • January 08, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Possible Future Phases of Martial Law'

    Report details further steps in the martial law process. Such as alleviating military pressure when regions are sufficiently calm, improving economic conditions and increased Soviet influence.