The Poznań 1956 protests in the press of the Polish diaspora in the United States Cover Image

Poznański czerwiec 1956 roku w prasie polonijnej w Stanach Zjednoczonych
The Poznań 1956 protests in the press of the Polish diaspora in the United States

Author(s): Joanna Wojdon
Subject(s): Media studies, Political history, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej
Keywords: 1956; the Poznań June; American Polonia; the Congress of the U.S. Polonia; press in exile; Karol Rozmarek; Nowy Świat; Dziennik Chicagoski; the issue of Poland after World War II

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the reactions of Polish dailies and weeklies abroad to the events of the Poznań June in 1956. The analysis covered fourteen press titles, issued in different centres of Polish emigration. In 1956 the Polish press was on the brink of a deep crisis. The abundant number of press sources would soon suffer from less and less availability. They demonstrated a tremendous interest in Polish publishers abroad during the events in Poland and their thirst for information was not always satisfied by reliable sources. Starting out from the press image of the events, the Article quotes also recorded the reactions of the U.S. Polonia and the Polish emigration in London and other centres, as well as speeches by American and foreign politicians and comments of the U.S. press – which was not always positively reviewed by Polish journalists. It is evident that the events in Poznań generated great interest from the U.S. public, spurring opinion in the issues of Poland and that the leaders of Polonia tried to use this interest to persuade the American authorities to sharpen their policy towards the Soviet bloc, and simultaneously strengthen their own position – without effect, as it turned out.

  • Issue Year: 28/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 135-159
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Polish