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Edward Gierek

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Edward Gierek Edward Gierek (1913-2001) entered the Politburo of the ruling Polish United Workers' Party (PUWP) in 1956 and was party leader (1970-1980).

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Gierek, a miner's son, lived in France and Belgium for much of the period between 1923 and 1948, becoming a member of the Belgian Resistance. He served as party boss in Silesia during the 1960s.

After replacing Gomulka as PUWP leader in December 1970, he embarked on an ambitious programme of industrialization. A wave of strikes in Warsaw and Gdansk, spearheaded by Solidarity, forced Gierek to resign in September 1980.

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Edward Gierek was a Polish communist politician.

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Category: Politicians  - ( Politicians Archive)

Date Added: 07 March '12

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