Birthplace: Krosno, Poland
Location of death: Warsaw, Poland
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Head of State
Executive summary: Head of Polish Communists, 1956-70
Critical of the Soviet Union in the late 1940s, he was persecuted by Stalin, and almost certainly would have been executed had Stalin not died first. Popular demand brought Gomulka back to power by 1956, but by then the Polish state was very much under the influence of the Soviets, and his options with regards to an an independent Polish policy were limited. As time passed, his rule became increasingly unpopular, and he was finally ousted in 1970.
Father: Jan Gomulka
High School: International Lenin School, Moscow (1934-35)
Head of the Polish Communist Party (1956-70)
House Arrest for a "lack of vigilance with regard to enemy agents" (1951-55)
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