Chapter 5: Communism – Game Over!
My growing interaction with the outside world had yet another, domestic policy-related effect. Some of the “Solidarity” intellectuals came to the conclusion that I could be a valuable addition to their advisory activities. The idea was accepted and at one point I was invited to take part in the conversatorium. This innocuous Latin term covered a group of about thirty people, who advised an underground “Solidarity” leadership (TKK: Tymczasowa Komisja Krajowa – Temporary National Commission). It was headed by Professor Bronislaw Geremek, an internationally recognized medieval historian and even more widely recognized political personality among the “Solidarity” advisers from the emergence of the “Solidarity” movement in 1980.
The group met secretly in various safe houses in Warsaw, in fact in safe apartments for there were few old houses left after the World War II (in particular after the disastrous Warsaw uprising). Conversatorium participants discussed current political and other developments, considered propaganda measures and countermeasures against those taken by Jaruzelski regime (the latter aimed at undermining the standing of opposition in the eyes of the population), and last but certainly not least prepared and discussed position papers on issues of more than transient importance. Occasionally, a small group from the conversatorium was selected to meet secretly with the members of the TKK in order to present our opinion on a given issue of interest to TKK members and answer the queries coming from them.
Clearly, I was moving away from my status of a loner, an...
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