Anti-Communist Student Organizations and the Polish Renewal by Charles Wankel

By Charles Wankel

Offers an account of the major function of Polish scholar activities within the rebirth in their nation. It offers a historical past of pupil activism in Poland and explains the context within which contemporary adjustments have occurred.

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The Founding Committee of Free Trade Unions, KOR, ROPCiO, the SKS, and later the Young Poland Movement-that is, all of the opposition groups in the Gdansk area-jointly sponsored these annual ceremonies. This provided a model of cooperation that the NZS and Solidarity were able to build upon. 173 Poznan's SKS Outrage over the exclusion from teaching of the poet Stanislaw Baranczak, 174 one of the University of Poznan's most popular teachers, was seen by Lipski as the precipitating factor in the formation of the Poznan SKS by KOR student associates.

This was posted on walls in the Mikrus residence and the Warsaw Polytechnic's main building. It was ripped down by SZSP functionaries and Polytechnic administrators regularly. Reports of such actions, including names of those seen tearing down these postings, were publicized, in subsequently posted bulletins, with equal frequency. 196 On 7 May 1979 the student court of the Riviera and Mikrus dormitories upheld the suspension of Waldemar Maj, chairman of the cultural commission, by the residents' council.

2os The 1979-80 academic year The Czechoslovak Support Demonstration and Police Repression. The SKSs, along with several other Polish oppositionist groups, placed themselves in solidarity with other East European groups pursuing improvement in the observance of human rights in their societies. On 22 October 1979, a trial of Czech activists associated with the Charter 77 movement began in Prague. On this day, secret police agents brutally assaulted a group of students who had planned 40 Polish Anti-Communist Student Organizations to hold a protest demonstration outside the Czechoslovak Cultural Center in Warsaw.

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