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By Charles Wankel

Offers an account of the most important function of Polish scholar events within the rebirth in their state. It offers a heritage of scholar activism in Poland and explains the context during which contemporary adjustments have occurred.

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114 Subsequently, as the rector had said, those who signed the petition were called to the office for questioning and, if they refused to withdraw their endorsement of the petition, were formally sanctioned. " 115 When the SZSP Department Council at the University of Warsaw joined the investigation of who had gathered the signatures they found that as many as 170 SZSP members were among them. The greatest number of student activists involved in the petitioning action were found to be from the Sociology Department by the SZSP investigators.

175 Baranczak, a young poet and instructor in Adam Mickiewicz University's Polish language department, as well as a KOR member, was fired on the ostensibly trumped-up charges that he had attempted to bribe a government clerk. However the Associate Dean of the department admitted that he was fired because he had authored a book published by Kultura, an emigre Polish language publishing house in Paris. 176 A petition in support of Baranczak was 34 Polish Anti-Communist Student Organizations sent with the names of more than 300 of his students.

Gorski vehemently denied it. The direct and casual handling of this matter nonplused the students. However, perhaps cynically, Czaputowicz conjectured that perhaps the two had managed this interaction well to mollify irate students for the moment, while disturbances were ongoing in Radom and other cities. 113 1976-7 academic year repression Just as students had taken the lead in the petition drive, so they were also the earliest and most severely treated victims of the concomitant repression. A few days after the presentation of one of the petitions by University of Warsaw students at the Sejm office, Rector Rybicki announced during a meeting of the university senate, that: As far as the organizers [of the petition at the University of Warsaw], we will be conducting talks in various branches of the university administration at appropriate levels to come to an explanation of what authorization the conduct of this kind of activity had ...

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