SLAYING THE SOVIET BEAST:
A True Story about How
the Cold War was Won.
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© 2019 by Zbigniew WOJCIK
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To memory of all victims of communism
Note: The main character’s name is Zbyszek (pronounced z-bihshek), which is the nick name for Zbigniew (z-big-niev). The author’s surname is Wojcik (pronounced vooy-cheek)
The events described in this book are based on the author’s own experiences and recollections. This is a true story, however, certain parts of it have been fictionalized to better portray the events. The names of many people and places that appear in the book have been changed to protect the privacy of these individuals. However, the names, dates and descriptions of historical and political figures and events that appear in the book are real and are described with as much accuracy as possible. The political opinions and commentary presented in this book are those of the author.
Preface. Narrating a Conspiracy: Those Who Fight Do Not Speak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix
1 . Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
2 . Leaving a Socialist Country – Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
3 . The Goal of Dismounting the Communist System . . . . . . . .11
4 . Arrival at Wichita University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
5 . Praying for the Reunion of a Family Separated by Communists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
6 . Asking Legislators for Assistance and the Communist Regime’s Swift Reply . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
7 . Entering Collaboration to Destroy the Soviet Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
8 . Obtaining Communist Party Approval for Travel to the US . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
9 . Soviet Efforts to Block an Escape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
10 . Family Kept Hostage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
11 . The Scientific Basis of Communism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
12 . Proposal in the Tatra Mountains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
13 . Reason for Denying Passports to Travel to America . . . . . . .53
14 . America as Seen by the Average Family in Poland . . . . . . . .56
15 . The Origins of Poland, Polish Cultural Ties with the West and Theatrical Parody . . . . .. . . . .58
16 . Television and Newspaper Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
17 . More Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
18 . Communism in Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
19 . A Memory from Zbyszek’s Childhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
20 . Zbyszek’s Family in Jeopardy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
21 . Surviving World War II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
22 . The Strategic Role of Poland in Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
23 . Forgiveness for War Crimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105
24 . Ivan’s Anger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
25 . Soviet Spy Unmasked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113
26 . Planning a Palace Coup in the Kremlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116
27 . Learning Intelligent Information the Hard Way . . . . . . . .122
28 . A New Priest Brings Real Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135
29 . Provocations and Infiltration of the Solidarity Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
30 . Reaching Total Control over the Anti-Communist Opposition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
31 . A Promise Made in Coventry to the Veterans of Monte-Cassino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
32 . Keeping to the Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160
33 . Further Provocations with Solidarity when Looking for Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
34 . Grandmother Endures a Martyr’s Death . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166
35 . The Dean’s Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
36 . Soviet Spy’s Plan B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
37 . Government-Level Traces of Conspiracy Against the Soviet Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
38 . Outsmarting the Communists to Win Democracy . . . . . .186
39 . Decision to Move Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189
40 . Helsinki Accords Case in Progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193
41 . Trip to Greece . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
42 . Misleading the Soviet Headquarters in Warsaw . . . . . . . .198
43 . Independence Day Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201
44 . Peaceful Transition to Capitalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203
45 . Plan to Dissolve the Warsaw Pact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207
46 . A Family Reunited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
47 . Fighting the Red Beast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .218
48 . Intent to Keep Walesa in Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224
49 . The Role of the Fake Opposition Government . . . . . . . . .228
50 . Adjusting to Life in America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232
51 . Remains of the Cold War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .237
52 . The Marshall Plan and Shifting Alliances in Western Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
53 . The Liberty to Lose Sovereignty – Author’s Comments . . . . .258
54 . Conclusion: Surviving and Resisting Communism in USA . . . 300
Appendix: Comparable Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .303
Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314
Four initial chapters;
Selected small fragments of the book;
Intelligence Summary on the Situation after the Cold War;
Appendix: Comparable Books;
Preface. Narrating a Conspiracy:
Those Who Fight Do Not Speak
In order to show material of a political nature, it is beneficial to have a book written in narrative form. This form allows the author to effectively portray the background of ignited struggles, describe what ideals were attacked and why, and straightforwardly present any guides or political manifestos motivating the assailants. A narrative form details the political beliefs of the defender, subsequent actions, the initiation of dialogue and a final resolution.
This book describes how Soviet Bloc communists were forced to the negotiation table in order to free the author’s family, who was being held hostage there. The actions of the protagonist ultimately led to the fall of communism throughout Eastern Europe. The narrative form of this book demonstrates a clear and logical progression of how the events in this incredible, true and previously-untold story unfolded.
Recent political literature contains minimal background and descriptive narrative. For instance, although a communist manifesto written by Hillary Rodham Clinton exists, political writers rarely look for the source of the political turmoil they observe and describe. “Political correctness” is often expected by readers on the market. The situation is similar to a suffering patient who is content with merely receiving pain killers from his doctor. The doctor does not care about the source of the pain, and neither does the patient. Political turmoil exists between liberals and conservatives, as do countless rumors and conspiracy theories, but most books focus only on the details of each individual political upheaval. Just as a patient is unlikely to recover without obtaining complete information about the source of his pain, a politically correct book will not provide essential information, either.
During the Cold War, there were severe shortages of food and basic goods in Poland and the rest of the Soviet Bloc. The Soviets, along with their socialist comrades and regular citizens, were all exhausted and sick from the hunger they experienced in the Soviet Bloc. The Soviets did not tolerate their own political “doctors” – their opposition. The only other available “doctors” were their enemies, the United States with its CIA. The US possessed high quality food in abundance, and could easily feed the Soviet Bloc, especially its leaders. In fact, as described in this story, the United Stated did provide food to the Soviets, though it did not come freely.
Though the Soviets were good fighters, they were primarily fighters, and for that reason, they were happy to receive food – a pain killer for their hunger – from the West. As their focus was mainly on their fight, they ignored the root of their own hunger. During the Great Soviet Revolution, they fought, rarely trying to negotiate, despite massive deaths caused by the starvation of millions of their own citizens. Anyone who attempted to oppose them was eliminated. After the Soviet Revolution, many communist activists recognized the sickness of communist ideology and backed away from its most radical forms. They were killed. Once this sick ideology took over, it was too late.
As in the former Soviet Bloc, currently, there are serious reasons why the roots of political turmoil are not exposed in the West. Thanks to the right to free speech, perhaps political authors could take on this role of explaining why current, troubling events are occurring. Censorship once effectively blocked information in the entire Soviet Bloc. Unfortunately, information is now censored in the West as well.
Hillary Clinton’s manifesto radically urges her supporters to fight without negotiating. It does not support negotiations for food, regardless of severe shortages or hunger strikes, once her comrades come into full power in the United States. The pattern of communist ideology is revealed in her manifesto. Hillary’s manifesto is not a narrative which reveals its origins (e.g., the works of Lenin and Stalin). This book, however, accomplishes this and also adds a missing narrative to her communist manifesto.
The Democratic Party has a hidden ideology. It is in conspiracy, which can be deduced because democrats do not discuss Hillary’s manifesto, nor do they mention its communist roots. Their hidden agenda should be revealed, however, together with all its implicit narrative, in order to warn citizens. My book strikes at communist ideology by showing how it operates. It portrays a model of real, vigorous communist ideology, which I compare to a multi-headed red dragon. Traditional political literature often shows the “heads” of this beast as evil political figures, but they do not warn their readers that when one head is cut off, another quickly sprouts up in its place. My narrative shows the installation of communism as a sequence of events, starting from the initial robbery of the country and its wealthy citizens, creating a deep financial crisis, which leads to the mobilization of the people to join the revolution.
This book shows that once the body of the dragon is destroyed, the heads will collapse. This is what happened in the Soviet Bloc. The way to prevent the red dragon from taking hold in the US is by exposing its most crucial, hidden information: that the ideology of the Democratic Party is communism, and that it operates swiftly by conspiring against its citizens. The conspiracy is top secret, and what people do not know is that every citizen is a target.
The secret of communism is its reliable conspiracy against the citizens. The fact that they do not reveal their true ideology in the United States, though they exist as a very strong political party, shows that they are well established here. Hillary does not reveal who she is in her manifesto, though she writes clearly about her intentions to “fight” and do nothing but the fight, by correcting Alinsky’s Marxist practices! She demonstrates her own approach, which is much more radical compared to the radical Marxist and practitioner of Marxist ideology, Saul Alinsky.
Examples of communist conspiracy against Polish citizens during the Soviet occupation are revealed in this book, including descriptions of the disgusting political methods used against the protagonist’s own family. Everyday spying and repression against the citizens were routine as long as communists were in control. This is what Hillary manifests but does not openly speak about: the fight means terror. In my book, Ivan admits to working in the conspiracy in Poland. He was in the fight as a communist agent, using terror tactics against Barbara and the children, as described in detail. Citizens who admire the Hillary’s fight also support terror against their families, neighbors, friends, and even themselves. I explain the meaning of the fight as few other political writers could. They did not struggle and suffer at the hands of communist fighters who had total power over them. Their families, friends or neighbors were not touched or killed by those godless enemies of humanity. That is why none of them paid attention to the word fight, though it was repeated multiple times in Hillary’s manifesto. The underlying significance in that document implies that only the fight matters and nothing else.
Hillary’s manifesto is the masterpiece of communist conspiratorial writing. Her comrades understand, though many political writers and historians do not! She managed to communicate to all current and potential fighters and excite them. For that, and her highly radical communist intentions limited to fighting without mercy, she fully deserved the democratic nomination for the position of President of the USA.
Significant evidence of totalitarian organization can be found in philosophy. An example is the idea that “those who speak, do not know, and those who know, do not speak,” formulated by the Taoist thinker, Lao Tzu. The conspiracy of the Democratic Party follows this observation, made over five centuries before Christ, which indicates a regress to the terror-filled civilizations that existed before Christianity. Communist conspiracy inspires established authors to speak about what they do not know. It is hard to understand what one did not experience and cannot imagine. Examples in my book illustrate how communist terror was instilled against the people. This type of underlying desire of the fight could not be made public. Democratic leaders know this and therefore, could not speak.
Ivan’s conspiracy against Zbyszek’s family is one example of the communist fight. Ivan knew precisely what he was doing although he did not speak about it. Despite the oppression and hunger present in socialist Poland, he was also kept under political control, though he was a trusted comrade, permitted to live with his family in the United States. Zbyszek, on the other hand, was only allowed to travel to the West alone, leaving his closest family members vulnerable to repression in Warsaw. He was compelled to travel quickly, not knowing that he would leave his family behind as hostages of the communist state, even though he thought he knew a lot about how communism functioned in Poland. Once in the US, Zbyszek could speak about what he knew, but this made his political situation extremely complicated and dangerous. He was pressured to keep quiet and warned by Ivan to refrain from any contact with American intelligence agencies.
Like the former communist establishment in the Soviet Bloc, democratic leaders in the United States now work in conspiracy against their people. A good example is the prevalence of phony news in the media. Under communism, the government is in a permanent state of war against its citizens. Only certain, trusted writers are allowed to speak, conveying fictitious stories about the terrible system with enthusiasm.
Agents and spies have specialized information. It is a delicate matter to obtain their knowledge, as it is highly protected by a system of conspiracy, such as demonstrated by the characters of Ivan and Felix who fight against Zbyszek, his wife, children and grandmother. Several players were used to fight the Soviet conspiracy against Zbyszek’s family: the Catholic Church, the Christian Baptist Church, American Intelligence and diplomacy, a higher education, the media, local citizens of Kansas, US Congress, the police, and the local government of Kansas. All of these Western players acted in secrecy to reach a successful resolution without causing harm to Zbyszek’s family remaining in socialist Poland.
There is no way, therefore, that top platform authors could obtain reasonable information about the highly radical communist activities of democratic leaders in the US, as proved by a lack of understanding of Hillary’s manifesto. Despite public availability, the manifesto was not perceived as an important event capable of creating significant political turmoil. These authors did not look for the sources of political change. Because most publishing companies favor platform authors, as they are part of the media, it is not surprising that citizens lack knowledge as well.
When top political writers, who are not Hillary’s fighters, lack critical knowledge and write about topic that are unfamiliar to them, the level of conspiracy against the citizens is increased. Platform writers are not reasonable sources of information for the public. US Intelligence did not collect information from political publications authored by famous writers. Instead, they invited intelligence agents from the Soviet Bloc and gathered information directly from them. Similarly, citizens should not be fooled by authors from top media outlets and politically correct news stations, despite their possibly good intentions. Platform news outlets, in fact, uphold censorship in Western countries by favoring writers and speakers who lack knowledge and experience. Thus, it is the freedom of speech, the freedom to publish, which, unfortunately, censors itself. The market, composed of readers, censors the information, too, favoring popular authors from certain platforms instead of those who know the truth.
Establishing contact with Soviet spies once in their target territory was an ingenious approach used by American Intelligence. They recognized that I was different, a natural enemy of the Soviets, and that I had important knowledge that could be used to influence the political situation. This crucial information came at the right place and the right time to achieve spectacular results. Once activated and equipped with the appropriate information, the US did not stop until it took down the entire Soviet Bloc.
My unique experiences allow me to effectively associate former Cold War-era Soviet conspiracies with the current conspiracy of left-wing democrats, over thirty years later. Communist patterns appear in both. I offer an opportunity for readers to learn and evaluate these conspiracies. I hope to help them, not only to survive, but to live comfortably, instead of struggling under communist terror. Citizens must be in a position to protect themselves during the free elections that they still enjoy.
The rise of communism in the United States is like a narrative, with antecedents, circumstances and consequences. After the Soviet Bloc collapsed, certain players in the US changed sides. The media and higher education systems, for instance, no longer stand against communism. The media does not allow those who have knowledge to speak. Likewise, most platform political authors are no longer aware of the communist reality that was once found on the east side of Berlin Wall. Higher education often diverts students from searching for the truth and acquiring their own knowledge. The State Governor of Kansas, Dan Glickman, stood against the Soviets when Zbyszek fought for freedom, despite the fact that he was a democrat. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, many states and local governments shifted left, and began to support sanctuary cities, actively assisting in spreading communist revolutionary ideas. The West now faces deep political turmoil.
Four initial chapters
The Cold War raged. Over 40 years already, with gulags and millions of victims, with uprisings and opposition movements ending in failure.
This story is an account of a true conspiracy – of one man against the Soviet occupation of Central Europe, acting in solitude, with God on his side. He had a constructive plan to fight and win the Cold War. The struggle involved his faith in God. How would this plan convince the Western Ally? Once the fight began, Zbyszek’s hands were tied, as his family was kept hostage in the Soviet Bloc. His wife, Barbara, who remained in Poland, prayed to St. Thaddeus, Patron of the Impossible, while Zbyszek, in the USA, prayed to the Holy Spirit for understanding and wisdom.
Armed with that wisdom, Zbyszek dared to propose eliminating the Warsaw Pact by converting the Soviet Bloc nations into NATO members, offering the Nobel Peace Prize to the Great Soviet Leader who ensured a peaceful transition to democracy, and extending forgiveness for millions of victims of communism, as required by the Catholic faith.
Zbyszek knew that the communist regime kept families hostage. Why was he convinced that his family would survive? History shows that many people perished in their attempt to escape communism.
Why was the timing and circumstance perfect for this transition? Would one Western Ally drop treaties signed between Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill, which had split the world into West and East?
Typically, political revolutions involved bloodshed; so what wisdom was granted by the Holy Spirit to ensure a peaceful transition from communism to capitalism?
What were the details of this Polish Catholic family’s struggle to win their freedom and the freedom of many nations making up the Soviet Bloc? How was the family attacked by the communist regime, and why was Zbyszek’s grandmother forced to endure a martyr’s death?
The peaceful collapse of the Soviet Bloc left vast Soviet armies unattended. What are they doing now? Who are they now? They were globalists and still are.
The Cold War is over, the battle was won. Now, the West is faced with the new threat of terrorism. Terrorism at the beginning of twenty-first century is like that of the Great Soviet Revolution in Russia. The political games currently being played in the US bring to mind the rules of liberty in a once democratic Poland, before the loss of its independence in the eighteenth century. The United States is now on this precarious path to losing its sovereignty. We must learn from history about how to survive. Poland lost its independence through democratic elections and the freedom to veto attempts to defend its sovereignty. What will left-wing liberals do regarding sovereignty? What will decent democrats do?
- Leaving a Socialist Country – Poland
The Cold War persevered for forty years and no one could predict how it would end. Although the Soviet Bloc was strained and exhausted, the West avoided any direct military confrontation. The poverty among Soviet Bloc citizens, the lack of freedom of speech and freedom to travel, and the lack of prospects for a better life culminated sporadically in desperate protests. The anti-Soviet protests ended with arrests, beatings and bloodshed, and postponed Soviet orders to attack the West. Privileged citizens traveled to Western countries and returned with luxury clothing, electronic equipment, and even food—all deeply deficient in Eastern Europe, which further demoralized communist authorities. Defections to the West occurred periodically. Once in the West, defectors told stories of political repression and the drastic shortages of basic consumer goods in stores. To the surprise of the Westerners, however, very little accurate information was received about the incredibly efficient political-control methods used by the communists over their unhappy citizens. A specific information-gathering method was finally developed by Western Intelligence to study the Soviet Bloc’s control over its people. This method involved obtaining information from an individual regardless of his intention. It was understood that if the speaker realized information was being collected, then he would try to modify it, or somehow undo the consequences of sharing something unintentionally. Intelligence centers knew that travelers were often well-connected in their countries of origin, that they typically possessed valuable information. Once they unwittingly gave up a detail, they could later attempt to neutralize it, but only if they learned they had volunteered the information. The Western method was to steal information.
Frankfurt airport, West Germany, March 8, 1986. A group of passengers was transferring to another flight. They arrived from Warsaw and were heading to a larger plane that would take them across the Atlantic Ocean. Their flight to New York would depart shortly.
“We are looking for a spy who took the PAN AM flight out of Warsaw.” A nondescript stranger showed up unexpectedly next to Zbyszek as he walked down the wide corridor of the airport. The man stared at him. Since they were walking in the same direction, evidently his query was addressed to Zbyszek.
“I did not see a spy,” Zbyszek answered calmly, because this was obviously true. In fact, he did not see anyone who might be a spy. He was a little confused about why he was being asked such a question.
“And what is the nature of your travel to the United States?” The question was asked so gently that Zbyszek did not feel he might be the suspect, but rather, it seemed more like a friendly conversation to pass the time during their transition between flights.
“I am leaving the communist regime in Poland. I barely managed to get my passport after a long, excruciating process that took eight months. I received an invitation to go to Wichita University, in Kansas, to take a year-and-a-half-long visiting professor position in their Computer Department.”
“We checked everybody on the plane. And we have already eliminated everybody except you.”
“Perhaps there was no spy on the plane.” Zbyszek was not persuaded. He looked at the agent more carefully. He was an ordinary looking man, slim and of rather small stature, somewhat shorter than Zbyszek. He was not very young and was dressed in a plain wool jacket, blending in perfectly with the crowd. There was nothing particularly notable about his facial expression. He spoke Polish fluently, though Zbyszek detected a trace of a foreign accent. The agent said a few words to someone through his radiophone, and his agency was clearly convinced because he turned to Zbyszek and said, “We will be watching you and monitoring what you do.”
Then the man sped up his pace and wove in between the passengers ahead of him. Zbyszek, still surprised, looked around to see if anything else would happen, searching for any action that could occur due to this alleged spy. Everything looked perfectly normal and was quiet enough so that if anybody else had been asking related questions, Zbyszek would have noticed. He glanced in the direction the stranger had gone, but the agent had disappeared.
Zbyszek took the next PAN AM flight and, until reaching New York, nobody interrupted him. During the long, peaceful trip over the Atlantic Ocean, he’d had plenty of time to think about his last few days before departing Poland. Just yesterday, he had received a phone call from Isabella, the Human Resource Director of the company in Warsaw where he worked. Zbyszek knew she was well-connected with important political figures in the communist establishment that governed the company.
“I received information that you received a passport and plan to travel to America,” she stated bluntly. “I warn you, your trip to the United States tomorrow is a bad idea.”
Her phone call was a surprise to Zbyszek because he was strongly inclined to travel, especially after going through so much effort to obtain the legal permits required to leave Poland.
“Is there a problem?” he asked.
“The problem right now is your passport, the fact that you have one. We, meaning, the company, are not sending you to the United States on official business and we did not agree to provide you with a company passport. You obtained a private passport on your own somehow. I did some research about your prospective trip as a visiting professor and concluded that you should not travel tomorrow. Please, take a day or two to reconsider everything. Just keep in mind, terrible things can happen when traveling to Western countries.”
She could not give any more justifications. Zbyszek believed at that time, that she called to disrupt his plans. If he failed to travel the next day, Marshall Law, though it had officially ended in Poland, would prevent him from traveling several days later as well. Instead of saying, “Do not worry,” he answered, “Thank you for your call and your warning. Indeed, I have heard of the numerous troubles people have when traveling to the West. I have been thinking about these prospective problems for some time and I have had serious doubts about this trip. I hesitated for a while, but finally decided not to travel.”
“You should not have a passport at this time. Again, I request for you not travel tomorrow. I have no other way to stop you today or tomorrow because of bureaucratic procedures.”
Her words seemed threatening; he feared she would somehow have the ability to prevent him from traveling two days later. The bureaucracy of administering passports in Poland was crazy, as it was governed by communists. Zbyszek had heard of incidents where families were separated permanently because one member traveled to a Western country. His wife and two children had just recently received their passports, however, so he was not overly concerned.
I will travel tomorrow, he thought, and my wife will obtain visas at the American Embassy for herself and the children, and they will join me there soon.
Zbyszek did not know whether Isabella had any information about his family’s passports and he had no intention of telling her about them. Maybe she had learned somehow that his family had also obtained passports and became aware of the enormous troubles Zbyszek would face because of it. Zbyszek remembered a colleague from the same company, who had traveled to a refugee camp in Austria. Then, about a year later, the man’s wife showed up at the company asking the managers to help her and their children to join her husband. He had moved from the Austrian refugee camp to the United States and was working somewhere in California. When Zbyszek later asked about their family’s prospective reunion, no one would say a word about it.
“In addition, I am on medical leave due to pneumonia. I have a written statement from the doctor confirming my illness and inability to work,” said Zbyszek. “I probably got worse because I have been so worried about this trip! Oh, I really do not feel well enough to travel tomorrow.” He paused and then added, “Thank you for your concern. My best wishes to you tomorrow for Women’s Day!”
“Alright, then! So, get well and come visit me as soon as you recover! My call is just a friendly responsibility to you and your family,” she replied, seemingly satisfied. She graciously accepted Zbyszek’s warm wishes for Women’s Day, celebrated in communist countries on March 8th. Nobody tried to confiscate his passport on the following day at the Warsaw airport.
Later, as his stay in the United States progressed, he realized that all of this was an experiment, or a big game that was being played out between the communist establishment in Poland and him. The regime had their own goals to accomplish through Zbyszek; they intended to control any possible uncertainties by using the family he left behind as leverage. However, Zbyszek had his own goals. Both were risky, with unpredictable results. Sometime later, Zbyszek realized that allowing his wife and children to travel west would have been in the regime’s best interest, but that is not what occurred.
He brought to mind the memory of his last night in Warsaw before the flight, spent with his wife in tenderness and quiet sleep. His wife, Barbara, dressed in a lovely new suit, looked beautiful at the airport as she waited with him for his flight. Her warm, affectionate kisses, which he loved so dearly, would be the last he would enjoy for a very long time. Barbara was the only one who accompanied him to the gate. Their children had stayed with her sister during that final night.
Zbyszek’s father did not come to the airport. He did not approve his son’s travels, because his trips abroad typically brought about serious problems. His father knew of only some of his son’s troubles, but he also knew his son very well and expected there would be more. He also knew his son would not discuss them to avoid worrying his father. A few years ago, for example, a local police officer had shown up at his house while Zbyszek was traveling abroad.
“We need to make a protocol. Is this your son?” The officer presented a photograph of a young man with sandy colored hair and blue eyes.
“What is your son doing now?”
Zbyszek’s father started to worry, even though he knew his son usually found himself unscathed after coming out of various tricky situations, like a cat that always landed on his feet. He replied, “My son, Zbyszek, is a student at the Warsaw University of Technology, and he is in Bulgaria now, as a tourist. He should be back soon.” Zbyszek’s father became quiet. For a moment, both parents thought the worst had occurred. “Did something happen to him?” he asked warily.
“A Polish-speaking individual without a passport in Sofia, Bulgaria, listed you as his father and provided your address, so we wanted you to verify his identity to allow him to return back home. You just verified that he is your son. Our Embassy in Sofia will issue him a temporary passport. Good day.” He turned and walked quickly away.
Zbyszek recalled that his departure flight from Warsaw through Atlantic was practically empty. Very few people traveled during the years after Marshall Law had formally ended because the Cold War intensified. Zbyszek had received a secret exit visa in order to leave Poland.
Passengers ascended the ramp to the PAN AM passenger airplane in Warsaw. Interestingly, at the command of an officer, an official diplomatic squad in uniform saluted, presenting their weapons with full honors. Zbyszek had only seen scenes like this on television during the news program and in the movies, when presidents or kings visited foreign countries, or at official national ceremonies. The show was performed as Zbyszek climbed the steps to the plane. All the passengers in front of Zbyszek seemed normal. Then he looked back. All the people behind him also looked like typical passengers. Zbyszek figured there must be a high-ranking diplomat or maybe a minister among the group. Just for fun, he raised two fingers to his head. Well, someone of importance had to be there… perhaps a person who was officially listed as an Embassy chauffer in Washington DC but was in fact head of intelligence.
Zbyszek took his seat in the plane. A few minutes after take-off, a stewardess approached and asked him to move to a different seat at the front of the plane. She moved him to an almost isolated area, further away from the handful of other passengers, as the plane was almost empty. Zbyszek followed her and found himself seated near a friendly and easy-talking man.
Once in the air, Zbyszek felt comfortable enough to chat with his neighbor about his state of mind. Zbyszek recalled his recent flight from Tripoli back to Warsaw, through another Soviet Bloc capital. At take-off, the passengers applauded loudly because they were relieved to be leaving the Libyan regime, which was much worse for them compared to the communist regime in the Soviet Bloc, and to resume their more comfortable lives in the relatively greater freedom of their own native countries. The communist regimes in Eastern Europe were the weakest they had been since World War II, which allowed many people the opportunity to gain wealth through contractual work in Libya.
Now, Zbyszek had a similar feeling of safety and freedom as the plane quickly distanced itself from the communist regime in Poland. He signed with relief and confided, “I am so glad I was able to get a passport and escape the communists.”
“How’s that?” the man asked.
“Well, when I initially applied for a passport, my application was refused, so I had to appeal. I had to go through two stages during the appeal process, one at the county level and then another at the state level. It took eight long months for the entire appeal process to be completed, but with success!” he explained with delight.
“Where are you traveling to?”
Zbyszek smiled proudly. “I am going to Wichita University, in Kansas, for a year-and-a-half to work as a visiting professor. I received an invitation long ago and it is finally happening!”
The easy-talking man left soon afterwards. There was nothing more to the conversation than Zbyszek’s great desire to share his state of euphoria brought about by separating himself from the communist system. He had not yet thought about the price he would have to pay for his freedom, nor what would happen to his wife and children who were left behind in communist Poland. He did not reflect upon the feelings of his elderly father who feared he could lose his son forever, knowing more about the communists than his son did, and who most likely did not consider his son to be a “free” man at all.
Zbyszek had jumped at this opportunity to leave because he did not believe the communist system would end or change on its own. The Solidarity movement, the opposition against communism in Poland, was being increasingly controlled by the communist government itself. Most of the true leaders of Solidarity were already imprisoned or had been killed, and the remaining opposition was steadily infiltrated by agents.
Marshall Law remained in place, though it had “officially ended”, but Zbyszek believed it would not truly end before the infiltration completely and successfully won out. He also knew that the people in Poland would not give up despite the infiltration. How would it be possible to let Western countries know more about the reality of communism in Central and Eastern Europe? What do they know about it in the West? The Iron Curtain was hermetic, so who could inform the West about the real situation in Poland and what would they say? To what extent are those who travel to the West infiltrated? The very long and tight process of issuing passports was proof that regular citizens did not travel to the West easily. When a person did not have anything interesting to say or do, then he or she better not travel – it was dangerous. But when one did have something important to say, how does one find the right place to communicate this information?
- The Goal of Dismounting the Communist System
While still on the flight to New York, Zbyszek pondered the reality of political life in a communist country. The infiltration of Poland’s opposition was a fact Zbyszek experienced on many occasions.
Several years earlier, during a winter break spent with a group of university students at a sports resort near Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, one of his colleagues surprised him. After an intense day of skiing, a group of students gathered in the dining hall. One of them was singing the praises of the Soviets, when Zbyszek interrupted him to say, “Poland is occupied by Soviet military troops.”
Suddenly, the colleague pulled out a pistol and aimed it directly at Zbyszek. Silence filled the room.
“Repeat that,” the political agent demanded loudly, still aiming the pistol.
“The Soviet army occupies Poland,” Zbyszek repeated.
The agent approached Zbyszek, unlocking his weapon, ready to shoot. Zbyszek raised his hands.
Then, the sports trainer, who was also a professor at the university, hearing gasps and unusually quiet murmurs, entered the room and said quietly, “Zbyszek did not do anything. He just said something stupid. We all know the Soviet troops defend us from the West. Do we not live in peace now?”
“Yes, we do.” Taken initially by surprise, Zbyszek quickly came up with something thoughtful to add. “In fact, thanks to the Soviet army we can attend schools, and people can work in peace.”
“What do you want him to do for you to put that pistol away?” Our trainer turned to the attacker.
“He should apologize for this incident.”
“I am sorry,” Zbyszek responded obediently. “The Soviet army liberated Poland from German occupation. The Soviets keep peace in our country now, protecting us from a new invasion from the West. The Soviets are here as our friends.”
Pleased with his lesson, the agent smiled. He lowered the pistol, held out his hand to Zbyszek, and Zbyszek accepted it.
“I am here on duty. I could not bear to hear the stupidity of what was said.”
Ever since that incident, Zbyszek recognized that any friend or acquaintance could actually be a communist agent. He could be prepared to kill you at any time. Zbyszek thought mathematically: by applying the general induction rule and assuming that the communists govern all of Poland’s territory in roughly the same way, one could conclude that their agents existed everywhere and intervened aggressively whenever they believed it was appropriate, and they could kill you for political reasons if they felt it was necessary.
The next day, the agent was out somewhere. The trainer took a few of the students and told them that the agent had revealed himself, of which he was glad, and so now he could talk about his own experiences with communist agents. He was a student at the Physical Fitness Academy in Warsaw.
“Polish societies were infiltrated much more intensively when Stalin was the communist dictator,” he said. “I was a member of a group of students who practiced sports together. We liked each other. One day, every member of our group was arrested. We were accused of conspiracy against the communist regime. Most of us received long sentences in prison and the rest simply disappeared.”
“Did they accuse you of something?” the students asked.
“The political process in court was very long. Originally, the reason for the arrest was unclear. Friends of my family helped get me out, obviously at some cost, before the formal accusations were made. I was given a chance to leave in exchange for signing a document of political loyalty. This way I was not accused.”
“Did you meet anyone from your group after getting out of prison?”
“Only a few managed to get out. The ones who survived until 1956 were released as a result of political amnesty. Stalin died in 1953, but Poland still had a communist dictator, Bierut, for three years longer. Nobody knows for sure where Bierut came from, some say he was from Belarus. Amnesty was issued only after Bierut was killed by the Soviets in Moscow. I only ever saw two of those friends again. Their mentalities changed enormously in captivity. One was so scared, he refused to tell me anything about his experience.”
“Did they prove any of them guilty?”
“Their testimonies were collected through torture and threats. Nobody has to be guilty to confess anything under torture.”
“Did you learn about the torture from your friends?”
“Yes. A few of my friends did not survive the torture,” the trainer said with obvious emotion. He composed himself quickly and turned to Zbyszek.
“You are the person to dismount the communist system,” he said. “Our group failed, and my friends were killed. They could not continue their work, but we cannot let this terrible system persist. Our generation made many mistakes. We seriously underestimated them by trying to create our own organizations. A political organization will work only as long as informers are not implanted. They will catch you into their net of provocations and then imprison you or use you as a spy against your own friends and family. Organization is a bad idea.”
“Why do you think I could do anything about it?”
“Do you know, you smiled while the pistol was aimed at you? He seriously might have shot you! All of us were scared to death, except for you. You remained calm and level-headed. You found your way out of the situation with a shrewd and appropriate response. Besides that, your political attitude against the occupants is acceptable, you are an intelligent person, and I noticed you were a strong fighter when we practiced Judo at the club. I have not met another person like you.”
“But I do not have access to anything.”
“As an individual fighter, you must use only your intellect, never force. You may wait and observe until they find you, but you cannot show any indication that you are against them. It is a very long-term goal.”
“I see. Waiting for an invitation or a way to get in, then doing something better by building upon my previous experiences, and so on, for a very long time, without informing others and avoiding underground organizations.”
“Yes. Regarding the incident yesterday, I spoke to our agent. He felt ashamed for overreacting and promised to produce a very positive report about us.”
The trainer and Zbyszek never returned to this topic again. Zbyszek did not know of any methods to deal with communists or Soviets. He only knew that any organization of opposition or serious talk of politics among friends was not an option. Even an organization encrypted as a sports club had ended in complete failure, exposing its members to torture and death. The trainer was an accomplished teacher. He had presented Zbyszek with the goal of dismounting the communist system and provided guidance on which types of activities were traps to be avoided.
The following day, the student agent organized a meeting with a group of female students. The girls were also in Zakopane enjoying their winter break and were staying only about a mile from their resort. A dance party was organized one evening, a sledding cavalcade another day. The agent hoped the girls would provide enough of a distraction for the male students to put the incident with the pistol out of their minds.
During this winter vacation, Zbyszek realized that communist agents would not necessarily report against you. The conversion from “bad” to “good” agent happened under the influence of the authority, our trainer, after the agent had revealed himself. The agent, of course, had not witnessed the lecture about dismounting the communist system.
The problem of dismounting the communist system was a very significant one. Perhaps the trainer’s former sports club was part of the underground Home Army, a powerful military organization set up under the German occupation during World War II. The Home Army fought against the Soviets after they “liberated” Poland. It was very dangerous to be disclosed as a member of the Home Army. While practicing sports, they probably criticized communist officials or exchanged political news heard through the Western radio, thus placing themselves on the illegal side of the occupied country’s political arena. Under Stalin, it was against the law to listen to Western radio broadcasts or to criticize communists.
- Arrival at Wichita University
After arriving in the United States, Zbyszek looked for an opportunity to discuss politics. So far, he had talked to Professor Ivan, who’d invited Zbyszek for the visiting professor position at Wichita University. Ivan immigrated to the United States from Poland a few years earlier but was not a US citizen yet, having experienced some problems with his visa status. He had been an activist in Solidarity, an anti-communist movement in Poland. Zbyszek remembered that Pope John Paul II established the Solidarity movement during his visit to Poland in 1979, so Ivan, as a Solidarity figure, probably left Poland soon after that. He lived in Wichita with his wife and all three children; his fourth child was on the way. He said he was an underground activist, so he might have been in the conspiracy against the communist regime before the Polish Pope’s visit. Zbyszek did not ask Ivan questions about what he did in the underground political opposition.
“Zbyszek, are you a member of Solidarity?” Ivan asked one day.
“Yes, but only a member,” he replied.
“Were you in the underground conspiracy?”
“No,” Zbyszek answered.
“But I was in the conspiracy,” Ivan said casually and then asked, “How soon will your wife receive the travel visas from the American Embassy in Warsaw?”
“Within a week, I believe. They told me it is only a formality.”
Zbyszek did not inquire about Ivan’s role in the conspiracy. Ivan’s questions, however, were asked with intent, and his new colleague’s responses instinctively raised his suspicions. Zbyszek’s answers to his direct questions set off a red flag in his mind: if Zbyszek was not involved in the conspiracy, then why was he sent to me here in the US? Zbyszek’s response disturbed him enough that he decided to call his associate in Warsaw to communicate about the newcomer’s background. His Soviet contact acknowledged Ivan’s apprehension and began to act immediately.
An opportunity to talk about politics occurred soon after Zbyszek’s first telephone conversation with his wife, who had remained in Warsaw.
“Two men showed up at our home asking for my passports,” she lamented. “They introduced themselves as Secret Security officers. They demanded I return my passports to the passport office. I am so disheartened, Zbyszek! Now we will not be able to join you in the States! The children and I cried all night.” His heart ached to hear her so distraught.
“Be calm, Barbara. You will be able to apply for passports again at a later time. Maybe something will change,” he said gently, trying to comfort her. He knew Barbara trusted him completely and he would not steer her wrong. They prayed for strength to get through this new challenge.
Zbyszek told Ivan that his family’s passports were revoked by the authorities in Warsaw. Ivan showed no concern. Instead, he grinned and said, “You know, one of my close friends in Warsaw has some high-level connections. I am sure it won’t be a problem for him, next time has a few drinks of vodka with his powerful buddy, to mention your wife and how very lonesome she is because her husband is in the US. They like each other’s company and they also like vodka!” He laughed cunningly. “And I am convinced that he will arrange passports for your lady and the kids. No worries! I will forward your address to my buddy in Warsaw. It’s the same one I used to send you the invitation to come work here in Wichita, no?”
The solution seemed so simple that Zbyszek’s instincts began to warn him: how was Ivan immediately prepared to come to the rescue with the help of a friend in Poland who would handle such a delicate and highly political matter?
“I do not think my wife knows your friend,” said Zbyszek. “What does your friend do in Warsaw?”
“Well, obviously, she does not know him,” scoffed Ivan. “My friend is an activist in the Solidarity movement. He works in a lab at the Academy of Sciences. We both worked in the conspiracy, which makes us sensitive to human sufferings.” Ivan chuckled and continued, “He helps get people out of trouble.”
“But what specifically does he do in the conspiracy to help people?”
“That I cannot tell you because of the conspiracy’s principles. But I guarantee, my friend will help Barbara. He will get her those passports, don’t worry.” He paused and suddenly his tone became severe. “Just beware: if they learn in Poland that you contacted the CIA, the Intelligence Agency, you will never see your wife again.”
Ivan’s last statement was clearly a threat, Zbyszek realized.
The combination of a few facts is very suspicious, he thought. Revealing this friend in Poland who specializes in arranging passports and pressuring me to accept his assistance by threatening me that the communists in Poland would know whether or not I contacted the CIA is very questionable, as well as intimidating me with a retribution for contacting the CIA. Zbyszek began to suspect Ivan, thinking, he should not have known that I refused to cooperate to get my passport. It seems that Ivan knows a lot more than he should… so what is his real role here at the university?
If I ask the CIA for assistance, then I will never see my wife again. Zbyszek kept this warning in his mind. So, it seems that Ivan’s friend is a communist agent who will try to put pressure on my wife.
The threat was quite clear from both solutions: assistance here through US Intelligence versus assistance from a communist agent in Poland. Zbyszek had already spoken to his manager, Ann, as well as a priest about this problem. They had both mentioned prayers, not the CIA. He began to wonder why such a powerful agency would get involved to help him and his family, and how?
Selected small fragments of the book
How can you arrange the passports for us?” Barbara asked.
“I will bring you the passports, then you will buy tickets and fly to your husband.” He knew that there was a secret mark in the Polish passport which prevented unauthorized travel abroad: the missing exit visa stamp with signature and date of travel. No database of legal passports was needed to keep citizens inside the country’s borders. Based on his knowledge, Barbara was not aware of these “special” exit visas. The passport would look perfectly normal, even though it would be falsified.
Ann invited Zbyszek to her house. Her husband, Chad, greeted him.
“How do you say mother in Polish?” Chad asked. “Mama.”
“We say mom,” Chad said. “There are many words in the English language that sound similar to Polish. You may know a few already.”
“Indeed, strumien in Polish is stream in English; siostra is sister; brat – brother; moj – my; syn – son. Plenty of words!” Zbyszek smiled at the similarities.
“A long time ago, we must have belonged to the same tribe!” Ann laughed.
Chad turned serious. “We will provide you with assistance to bring your wife to the United States. We can’t guarantee anything, but we should be able to help.”
“Thank you. It is not a simple matter, once the passports are revoked.”
“But we’ll need you to help us with our project.”
“I will do my best.”
“The information will be stolen from you,” Ann said, innocently.
“Yes, fine.” Zbyszek answered immediately. “People, in general, assign a higher value to things that are stolen. When I was a boy, with some friends about my age, we swiped a few apples growing on a neighbor’s tree. I remember those apples tasted wonderful, even though they were not yet fully ripe. They were acidic and crunchy – delicious.”
“Who asked you to do intelligence work in the US when you applied for your passport? Did that officer introduced himself? I’m asking you this because we know these people well,” Ann inquired.
“Yes, he told me his name, but I do not remember it. I do not think he gave me his real name, and I was caught off guard when he asked me that.”
“And did he tell you what you would be doing here for them?”
“Yes. He said that I would help people from Poland find jobs in America.”
“Yes, and he also said that he would not ask me to run around with a shotgun.”
“He asked you to shoot?”
“No, he said that he would not ask me to run around with a gun. He also mentioned that he was not a person who would prevent people from traveling to the West. He said that China in the past had closed itself within its borders, and as a consequence, had run into severe problems.”
“And what was your answer?”
“I said I would not do it, because America is our friend.”
Tadeusz Kosciuszko is the name of a Polish freedom fighter who fought for the independence of United States.”
“He was likely hired through France,” Chad suggested, “as an international fighter.”
“Indeed, he reached the rank of general, and specialized in military engineering. The first significant battle for American freedom was won thanks to his engineering of military fortifications.”
“The enemy did not expect that American freedom fighters could engineer fortifications because they had not done it before. If battles are only lost and lost, people lose hope as well. Then, finally, a first victory at the Battle of Saratoga changed everything in the American Revolution, and it was thanks to Kosciuszko’s fortifications.”
“What cultural ties does Poland have with the West?” “The strongest and biggest tie is through the Roman Catholic Church. Not only the religion, but also the Latin culture was accepted into Poland through Christianity, including Latin writing. Now, a Polish Pope resides in the Vatican. It is estimated that about ninety-five percent of Poles are Catholic.” “The Catholic Church must play a role in Poland’s struggle for independence,” said Ann. “Yes, I remember feeling chills go down my spine when I heard Poles singing a patriotic religious hymn at the St. John Cathedral in the Old Town part of Warsaw.” “Songs heard at church are often stirring.” “Indeed. Especially patriotic hymns sung loudly and with longing by the older people, like God Save Poland, one of our national hymns. It had the effect of encouraging younger believers, like me, to act. It made our hearts ache, it was so incredibly touching.”
“Scientific discovery was completely suppressed before Copernicus. Galileo was persecuted for claiming that the Copernicus theory was true. But Copernicus’ idea could not be imprisoned. Gradually, more scientific discoveries were developed after Copernicus and others found that scientific discoveries were very useful, because of their rejection of dogmas. Copernicus introduced investigation by science, not by beliefs. Copernicus’ work is the evidence that Christianity has created the revolution of science and technology, and then liberal movements followed.”
“Since then, science has had to be supported by proofs, observations, and mathematics,” Ann concluded. She, herself, was a mathematician.
“Marie Curie-Sklodowska discovered radiation, which is so important now in the fields of energy and medicine. She received the Nobel Price twice.”
“The greatest success of the Poles during World War II was deciphering the Enigma code.”
“Turing, in Great Britain, deciphered the Enigma.” Ann knew this topic, since she was a mathematician.
“He only applied the deciphering algorithm discovered by Polish mathematicians. The Poles deciphered Enigma before World War II and gave the complete description of their discovery to English and French Intelligence authorities, just days before the war started. There are documents to prove this.”
“How did the Poles get an Enigma Machine?” Ann asked, intrigued by this topic.
“The first Enigma system was used in business before the World War II. The Germans sent a business Enigma Machine from Prussia to the German mainland through the Polish postal system. The postal service intercepted it; they did not know what it might be, but they immediately gave it to intelligence. There they understood its possible application and made an exact copy of it.”
“Professor, did Ivan ever ask you to do anything that might be considered spying?” his tone became solemn.
“But he’s a spy.”
“Why do you think so?”
“Well, inviting you to come to the US from a Soviet Bloc country, followed by the affair with your family separation, only indicates a spying game. Only, there is no direct proof.”
Zbyszek did not want to discuss Ivan’s comrades operating in Warsaw. He had no evidence about the comrades’ intent, and Barbara had not contacted her husband regarding Felix. Zbyszek felt by instinct his wife was in jeopardy in Poland. Both were afraid and acted with instinct, as God directed them.
Several days later, Zbyszek visited the police chief. His office was very large, with nice furniture, making for a comfortable work place. The stairs to his office looked like they belonged in a palace.
“When Poland is accepted into NATO, the people of West Germany will feel safer because the Soviets will be located much farther east,” Zbyszek said. “Now, the Soviets can move to West Germany quickly because their tanks are already in Poland and possibly even in East Germany. When Poland is free, a reasonably -sized safety zone will exist for West.”
“Yes, but Poland is currently part of the Warsaw Pact,” said Ann.
“The easiest path is to create a palace coup in the Kremlin.”
“What do you have in mind? A coup?”
The enormous power of a high-level official was overcome by collecting and effectively using the right information. It is foolish to ignore information. Information, even if incomplete, is the best solution to win a battle. It is the key to victory.
Information is decisive in a battle, not the weapon itself. The weapon is valid only if the other side has no information about it.
Without concentrating on finding the correct information, all of their arduous work was wasted. Likewise, deciphering the Enigma code, was the key information needed to win World War II in Europe.
With no extra funds, Zbyszek had only two shirts for the three subsequent years of his study. After the first year, Zbyszek had to patch up the sleeves at his elbows. After two years, the shirts were falling apart, despite subsequent patches. Clothes were very expensive in socialist Poland, and not readily available for purchase in stores.
A well-organized surprise would overcome the undefended values of the Soviet system. A vulnerable “good” value could get hit, initially in minds of humans, but eventually bringing with it physical change and finally, victory.
“Did you work with Solidarity in Poland?” Chad asked.
“I was a member, but not active. I preferred to stay quiet and wait for an opportunity to travel to the West,” Zbyszek answered.
“I noticed Solidarity had been infiltrated. If I showed up to a Solidarity meeting, the communists would know about it. All of the real heroes are already dead in Poland. As soon as you say or do something, they know about it.”
“Did you have any incidents, any problems as a member?”
“Several. For example, once, when I worked at the Space Institute in Warsaw, I noticed a lot of ads encouraging employees to sign up for Solidarity, the anti-communist opposition organization. Doors and walls were covered with slogan-filled posters. The words referred to freedom, sense of duty, and so on. I was attracted immediately, and I took the bait.”
“Oh, no!” Ann smiled, expecting to hear an interesting story about signing up to the Solidarity movement from within a communist agency. “Did you sign up?”
“Provocation is a common tool used to recognize and fight opposition. Agents are trained to concentrate on certain targets, create provocations, and then conduct interrogations. If they consider it necessary, they will arrest, beat and torture. If all this does not have the intended effect, they will kill. Many priests in Poland have been killed. Father Popieluszko was brutally tortured before he was murdered. Anyone who tries to be a hero is killed. The heroes lose their fight as soon as they are recognized – then they are already dead. My approach was always to stay alive. I survived by pretending to agree with their system and creating the impression that I followed their rules. I was nice to them and avoided actively taking any stance against the system.”
“The Space Institute was a government agency,” continued Zbyszek, “but practically all of workplaces in Poland belong to the communist government. Provocations were set up everywhere.”
“One of the questions on the application form specifically asks: did you ever collaborate with the opposition against the government of Poland or the Soviet Union? Madam, you wrote ‘NO.’ I accepted your employment in my department because you are a highly qualified scientist. But on this specific point you lied, as your political background was checked thoroughly. You are no longer permitted to work in our institution. Please leave immediately.”
“One of my cousins, Albert, gave me a small Solidarity pin that I could attach to my jacket. I saw people wearing pins like that proudly. He also wore one visibly on his chest, wearing it in Sochaczew, and told me I should wear one as well and show it off in Warsaw. He gave me one, so I pinned it onto my jacket. It looked very patriotic! I decided to wear it to work the next day. As I walked through the city, I was suddenly stopped by one of top directors of my workplace. ‘Take that off and give it to me immediately!’ he demanded as he stretched out his hand towards the Solidarity pin visible on my lapel. When I asked him why, he told me, ‘You must tell me immediately who gave it to you, if not, you will be arrested, with severe consequences.’ I gave the pin to my director and he demanded again that I tell him the name of the person who gave it to me, promising nothing would happen to him. ‘Believe me, nothing!’ the director assured, so I told him I got it from my cousin Albert.”
“Was your cousin interrogated?” Chad asked. “Not only that,” Zbyszek replied sadly. “My cousin was arrested and beaten. Later, when he told me about this, I saw the tears in his eyes. I did not ask him about it anymore. He evidently knew I gave him out. I felt terrible. He is a good, hardworking man.”
Once Barbara waited in a lengthy line with her three-year-old daughter with her. She was told that oranges would arrive at the produce store that afternoon. After over an hour of standing in line, the little girl’s only desire was to try the exotic taste of an orange. She eagerly observed the women, who had been ahead of them in the line, paying for a bag of the golden fruits and leaving the store with big smile as she held the oranges firmly, as if they were a treasure. Barbara and her little girl had almost reached the counter when they heard the dreaded announcement: “All the oranges are gone!”
The little girl burst out crying. The line automatically disassembled, however, as the people had gotten used to the sudden appearance and disappearance of attractive articles on the street, and the anticipation and disappointment that came with it. The little girl crying for oranges moved the salesperson.
“Child, do not cry. I will give you a few oranges I set aside for my own children,” the salesperson said gently. “I am eligible for a portion for myself. I will share it with you.”
The crying transformed into a joyful smile. The salesperson was rewarded by the girl’s honest gratitude and shared this simple moment of joy with her. The day ended with the most precious reward a small child could offer.
Then Marshall Law erupted in Poland. Soon afterwards, an old friend, Wojtek, contacted Zbyszek for help. Wojtek was in a trouble and was in hiding because he had worked for the opposition against the communist regime.
“I cannot stay at home. In order to avoid arrest, I must keep myself out of sight. I need your help,” Wojtek begged.
Zbyszek immediately recalled that Wojtek had introduced him to the woman who wanted him to distribute illegal anticommunist flyers. Wojtek also counted on the fact that Zbyszek would remember his active involvement in the opposition. He did not expect him to refuse his assistance to friend who was in trouble.
“Please, let me stay in your apartment for just three nights,” Wojtek entreated. “I stayed hidden for a month with another friend who has a wife and children, but a very small apartment. He no longer can keep me there.”
Zbyszek preferred not to answer Wojtek. He remembered the warnings of a few other friends that Wojtek was a communist agent.
What the communists did not expect, however, was that Zbyszek’s faith would come into play: at a crucial moment of uncertainty regarding his wife and children, he turned to God. He contacted a priest when he saw the hostility of the political system in Poland towards him and his family. He rejected the advice given by Ivan, an agent sent here by the Soviet Bloc. Zbyszek was consistent in his faith and stayed within the appropriate US lines of action, which led the Soviet authorities to placing the guilt of his grandmother’s very painful death onto his shoulders.
“To overcome the Soviets, you have to be smarter than they are,” stated Zbyszek.
“You need to use the same methods they used to establish communism and still use today. I already told you about the very talented communist who obtained the support of the Russian secret political police, so he could distribute communist leaflets before the Revolution. He outsmarted the secret political police! Now you need to outsmart the Soviets.”
“Pretend you trust what they say they are. They infiltrated Solidarity in Poland by pretending they were Solidarity, so pretend you believe that. They will hold on to their power as the anti-communist opposition. Support that. What you will win is democracy in countries like Poland, because they claim they are the democratic opposition. After they pass away, the new generation will be brought up in a democracy and then they will know only democracy. Another advantage is that the transition to democracy will take place peacefully.”
“Which conformists will need to be paid and how much?”
“Communist leaders will acquire the properties, which currently belong to the country, or to the communist government. After the transition to a capitalist system, they will personally own property, so they will have a stake in it. Once they become owners, they will not only support democracy, they will protect it because they will want to protect what is theirs. Right now, nothing belongs to anyone, and because no one considers their place of work as their own – nobody can say ‘this is mine,’ so then nobody cares.
“Poland can only be a member of NATO if it is an independent country. It needs to be a sovereign nation,” Ann said.
“Yes, Poland should be sovereign,” Zbyszek replied.
“What about new economic relationships, once Poland breaks away from the Soviet Bloc?” “Poland should join the European Union. I hope the US will support Poland using its influence.”
Information should not be seen or heard by the enemy. It should be an invisible and easily transportable weapon, hidden in one’s mind. Perhaps the Soviet agents had suspicions, as they had reliable rules and networks in place to help find dissidents. They looked for questionable associations through their fake oppositionists and patiently watched until someone made a mistake and gave himself up.
Zbyszek knew that when the communist authorities offered him a high-salaried position in the United States, they believed he was on their side and they could control him. The Soviets were deceived and delivered Zbyszek to the right place on the other side of the Iron Curtain, not knowing that Zbyszek was in control of his own destiny.
This was a breaking point, at which they started to lose, and the strategy to win the Cold War was set in motion. He was now where he needed to be to approach the biggest and most powerful competitor to the Soviet Bloc and place the right information into the right hands.
The day after Zbyszek’s arrival at the university, Dr. Ivan, the Soviet spy, introduced Zbyszek to a member of US Intelligence, Dr. Ann, with each side smiling at each other, pretending not to know who the other figure was.
… “Walesa is the official leader of Solidarity, the main opposition in Poland. Unfortunately, it seems he has excessively fanatical support from all political sides. Our organization has a Board of Directors, and one position is open and is waiting for you. Your signature on this letter will make you a board member. The key statement in this letter is this: We know who you are.” … “Our letter does not say specifically who Walesa is, but once he reads this letter, he will know the meaning of our message.”
Holy Spirit, give me wisdom now, Zbyszek thought. He knew that Walesa was the leader of the fake opposition which has now accepted victory in Poland. … Malarski and his organization also knew that the opposition leader in Poland was a puppet set up by the communists. …
Zbyszek recalled the time he was almost arrested for wearing a visible Solidarity pin on his jacket in Warsaw and his cousin was badly beaten for giving him that emblem. Only “conspiracy” people were allowed to demonstrate their membership in the “opposition.”
Revealing the truth about Walesa during the transition to capitalism would be a mistake, Zbyszek contemplated further. This way, the communist establishment is convinced that they are still fully in control. Zbyszek believed that if Soviet agents took over power as opposition leaders, any severe political turbulence would stop quickly, before irreversible destruction to the transition could occur. Although the transition to capitalism is drastic, it would be safer if the communists allowed the transition instead of opposed it, and they would, because they trust their fake opposition. No blood-shed. This model of transition should work for all of the post-communist countries.
“You once said that Poland imports oil from the Soviet Union.” Ann wanted to identify a source of funds for the Russians to help them survive the transition to capitalism. International assistance was feasible, but not always available in a timely manner. Oil could be sold to West, providing enough money to buy food. Otherwise, the transition to capitalism could end with a complete failure.
“Correct. Soviet oil is very inexpensive and there is plenty of it in Russia.”
“West European countries need Russian supplies and will buy their oil as well,” Ann concluded. “We will take care of the business and the transition: Russia will get better prices for their oil in Western Europe than in the Soviet Bloc countries.”
One day, when Zbyszek walked back to the computer department building from the chapel, he found Ann waiting for him. She greeted him and said, “Everything works out best when people from the intelligence communities of two antagonistic powers speak together first – peacefully, determining what to do – and afterwards, their leaders follow suit. Don’t you think?”
Intelligence Summary on the Situation after the Cold War
During the Cold War, “Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was the source of information about communist terror in Soviet Bloc. Then, the concept “Imperium of evil” was created by Regan. Finally, President Regan said: “Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall”. But there were many talks before this happened.
In America, Communist Party of USA has been legal and was contained by FBI. Unfortunately, strong independent movement of international socialists was created by Saul Alinsky, controlled only by voters. Their true activities are very similar to communist terror I saw when living in the Soviet Bloc. In the book, I compare political actions, carried out in US by Democratic leaders, to patterns of communist terror I observed in Poland and in Soviet Union. The communist terror in America is legal.
Saul Alinsky effectively propagated communism in US by his book “Rules for Radicals” and by his promise of the preamble of his work: ” …the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom —Lucifer.” Make the rebel and you will own a kingdom! How? Using his radical rules. But understand: this will be Satan kingdom. This kingdom is like Gulag Archipelago or the communist terror in socialist Poland described in this book.
Alinsky was the scientific advisor of Hillary Rodham – Clinton Theses, which became the communist manifesto for Democratic Party. Barack Hussein Obama, the President of USA, was Alinsky follower. Hillary and Obama spread Alinsky’s strategy to leaders of Democratic Party: false accusations, fake news and ridicules, unreal promises, stealing for people, and much more. Alinsky’s communism splits citizens into two: 1. residing in Lucifer’s hell, and 2. having the kingdom of hell. This is how top Democrats see US people now.
The struggle between good and eval continues. Difficult to believe? Look at the patterns of communism presented below, based on facts.
Pattern 1: Criminals receive top honors. Criminals are needed to govern in communism.
i. Lech Walesa, top communist in Poland, served as Chairmen of fake anti-communist organization,
received Nobel Price and was the President of Poland. True Polish freedom fighter, Anna Walentynowicz, revealed Lech Walesa as the communist agent who was encouraged to join communist terror forces after being caught on a theft. Deviant Julia Bristiger tortured and killed her prisoners in socialist Poland, specializing in sadistic attacks on victims’ genitalia and killing them.
ii. Hillary Clinton, author of communist manifesto for US, had stolen thousands of Government emails for what she was nominated by her political party for the President of US. System of sanctuary cities is ready now in USA to shelter criminals to fight opposition.
Pattern 2. Massive stealing of property “for people”
i. Great Soviet Revolution in Russia started with robbing industry and agriculture for people. In Poland, Soviet government took over all industry when pushing Germans west at the end of WWII.
ii. In USA, in 1992, Bill Clinton announced “affordable housing” by giving out loans to people without ability to pay mortgages. He forced banks to give out these “loans”. His robbery for people resulted in the Great Recession, the second largest in world history. The robbery was covered by national debt. The debt enslaves citizens, deepening poverty. Poor people are easier to control. Clinton’s massive robbery started the communist revolution in USA. Donald Trump, the contra-revolutionary Republican president, started to fight for the people by creating jobs, not by robbing the country.
Pattern 3. Anti-Communist Opposition fought by Mental Disease Diagnosis
i. Counter-revolutionaries in the Soviet Union were frequently diagnosed with mental illness as “socially-dangerous”. Especially during Khrushchev’s reign, they were isolated in mentally ill hospitals. In Poland, Lech Wałęsa branded Anna Walentynowicz as “crazy” after she accused him of serving the Soviets, offering herself as a witness.
ii. The US Congress became Sovietized in 2017 by twenty Democrat representatives, who sponsored Bill H.R.1987 in order to establish “an oversight commission on presidential capacity” with the intent to examine President Trump’s psychological and physical conditions. Over 60,000 specialists signed a petition accusing Donald Trump of “serious mental illness”, and requested his removal from White House office, based on article 4 of the 25th amendment to the US Constitution. Soviet-like communist revolution in US is under way. The army of 60000 highly-trained and dedicated communists is very serious, ready to do anything they are told to do. 60000 devoted communist authorities of power is enough to enslave all US citizens.
At least ten key communist patterns were implemented by international socialists in America. They are presented in the book. The reader will find more. Can US citizen feel safe and comfortable under international socialism, as top Democrats promise?
Appendix: Comparable Books
J.R. Corsi, “Killing the Deep State. The Fight to Save President Trump”, Humanix Books, 2018.
Corsi describes Hillary Rodham-Clinton, the real leader of the Democrats, as a fighter, but not exactly the fighter from her manifesto, siding with Muslim radicals to destroy Judeo-Christianity. Corsi focuses on the hostility of high-level bureaucrats against President Trump. Corsi does not show that the hostility is induced by Marxism or communism ideology. The author’s attitude is a defense against attacks of President Trump by leftists who continue to occupy high government positions after the Obama presidency. The approach in my book is to attack the leftists for their communist ties, by collecting and revealing my information about their conspiracy against their citizens.
David Freddoso, “Gangster Government”, Regnery Publishing, 2011.
Chicago-style corruption carried out by President Obama is revealed, rewarding Obama’s buddies and punishing Obama enemies. Obama ignored the Constitution and wasted almost trillion dollars of ‘stimulus’ money. The author did not identify the context of growing communism, e.g., breaking with the Constitution, or central planning – the trillion dollars wasted under the ‘stimulus’ label on communist activity, or his official Comintern (Communist International) -like open border politics.
Dinesh D’Souza, “Stealing America”, HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
The book compares America to a corrupt third-world country, like India, and claims that America is no longer an exceptional country. It shows that the Clinton Foundation collects billions from foreign governments. The book sees progressive politicians as criminals working behind the scenes, and making citizens more and more dependable on big government. The book searches for the philosophy of the stealing of America by progressive politicians, but as an explanation finds only the need to cover systematic theft and the simple desire to have more power. Progressives in the Soviet Bloc, however, though most of them were power hungry, primitive thieves, worked first of all in unison for communism with Marxism as a philosophy. The book envisions Alinsky as the Godparent sponsoring politicians who are the top thieves, Hillary and Obama, though Alinsky was more Marxist. Hillary’s communist manifesto, revealed in my book, extends Alinsky’s political achievements even further. I frequently refer to D’Souza in my book, e.g., I also observed the activity of “stealing legally” without violating the law and even robbing by progressives. I relate patterns of Information provided in his book to Soviet terror methods.
L.E. Corsi, “Obama Nation”, Threshold Editions, 2008.
Corsi’s book contains very important observations, which I refer to in my book. First, the homeless drug-addict, Keith Kakugawa, and communist activists play important roles in Corsi’s book as people who shaped Obama for the US presidency. Second, for twenty years, Obama listened to Reverend Wright, an anti-American, Black-Libertarian, who preached racial hate, e.g. ‘God Damn America’. Obama was a young politician with a little experience, so what strange ideology selected and brought this character into such high power? The conclusion is drawn in my book. My book continues after Corsi, using very valuable Information contained in his book to construct patterns of communist activities in the United States. The book does not compare the pattern of governing by current, progressive politicians, with the repressions in the Soviet Bloc. Images presented by other authors refer more to the corruption of individual leftists than to the political situations they pose when referred to patterns observed during the Great Soviet Revolution or in Poland, a Soviet Bloc country. My book compares the American leftist, Hillary Clinton, to a top Soviet-thief and oppressor of citizens in socialist Poland, Lech Walesa. Based on this pattern, the reader can recognize the risk of having a criminal in top government positions in a communist system.
David Limbaugh, “Crimes Against Liberty”, Regnery Publishing, An Eagle Publishing Company, 2010.
This was a very important reference for my book, showing the most significant patterns of communism in the US, including that Obama guaranteed “international order” in America. He made this promise during his speech at West Point in 2010, thus betraying the sovereignty of his country. Furthermore, Obama stretched out his hands towards his country’s enemies, i.e. Iran, while backing away from its allies, i.e., Israel. The top leaders of Eastern European Soviet Bloc nations also betrayed their own people by standing firmly with the Soviets, their enemy. This is a pattern for communist leaders. Obama followed the idea of Comintern (i.e. Communist International): the fight by any means and with force to create international Soviet-type system without a trace of state or sovereignty. Limbaugh’s book also lists some of the wasteful items within the “stimulus,” such as high-scale central planning, introduced by Obama in the US, and characteristic to communism.
The above books report on top leftist American politicians, the reigns of Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama, showing the stability of their communist views and decisions. My book refers to observations and comments made in these books. Top Democratic leaders create a uniform front in their fight, as delineated by Hillary Rodham in her manifesto, without mentioning this, because of her conspiracy. None of the comparative books includes a narrative that would encourage the reader to take an interest in what follows. All of them show that a single citizen is hopeless when faced with large political figures, though is allowed to write negative opinions about them, when acting within the system. My book presents a single individual, fighting outside the territory of highly organized governments, overcoming a giant political system, the Soviet Bloc, winning and returning freedom to millions of people.
Most information is of very little impact, but some information can change everything. My book is about this very rare, extremely powerful information. What is the content of such information, how it is learned, where it is delivered, how and when can it be so critical?
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This book was edited by Anita C. Dolman. Thanks to her Polish origin, she grasped all of the cultural and political aspects of the content I wished to portray. Many thanks for her enormous efforts!
The portraits of Zbyszek and Barbara found on the front and back covers of this book were painted by Elzbieta Jungowska (Nana).