Warsaw, Winter 1981: a Child Walks Among the Bayonets

UPDATED 01/11/1982 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/11/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

The New Year came to Warsaw with the thunder of jackboots, and the frigid Polish winter deepened under the chill of fear. One young girl learned the meaning of martial law on a Christmas-tide stroll through the capital city with her father. Bayonet-carrying militiamen like these, dispatched by General Jaruzelski in the service of his sponsors in the Kremlin, had taken military control of the nation at a cost in their countrymen's blood that the West can only estimate. By last week the few remaining outposts of open resistance among Solidarity dockworkers and miners had been overwhelmed, or nearly so. But messages smuggled out by travelers suggested that even the most cruel repression has its limits—and hope endured among the Polish people that this child and millions like her would someday know the meaning of freedom again.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters