June 10, 2018




Lidice Massacre:  Hitler and Himmler ordered the complete destruction of an entire village, Lidice in the Kladno district  (then Czechoslovakia) in reprisal for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich on June 6, 1942. All 173 men over 15 years of age from the village were executed;   184 women and 88 children were deported to concentration camps; a few children considered racially suitable for Germanisation were handed over to SS families and the remainder were sent to the Chełmno extermination camp where they were gassed to death. After the end of the war only only 153 women and 17 children survived.


Mieczysław Jagielski tendered his resignation as a member of the Politburo of the Polish United Workers' Party, stating,  "I submit my resignation as a member of the PB (Politburo), especially since I had a certain incident in my life. I also submit my resignation as vice premier (Deputy Prime Minister)"  His offer was rebuffed, and the incident he spoke of was a heart attack he suffered recently. On July 31, 1981,  Jagielski was fired from his position as Deputy Prime Minister, apparently because he failed to produce a recovery program for the economic crisis Poland was experiencing at the time. (see April 1, 1981) The Politburo stripped him of his memberships in the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party, the Politburo of the Polish United Workers and the Economic Committee. He remained a deputy to the Sejm until 1985. He died on the night of February 27, 1997, from a heart attack in his home.  Lech Wałęsa described him as a "sensitive man who always listened to arguments", and said that Jagielski differed in that respect from other Polish politicians in 1980s.

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