|First Secretary of the |
Polish United Workers' Party
21 October 1956 – 20 December 1970
|Preceded by||Edward Ochab|
|Succeeded by||Edward Gierek|
|First Secretary of the Polish Workers' Party|
|Preceded by||Paweł Finder|
|Succeeded by||Bolesław Bierut|
|Born||6 February 1905|
|Died||1 September 1982 (aged 77)|
Władysław Gomułka (Polish: [vwaˈdɨswaf ɡɔˈmuwka]; 6 February 1905 – 1 September 1982) was a Polish communist politician. After World War II he was the leader of Poland until 1948. Following the Polish October he became leader again from 1956 to 1970.
Gomułka was one of the key leaders of the Warsaw Pact. He supported Poland's participation in Prague Spring in August 1968. One of his notable achievements was negotiating the Treaty of Warsaw (1970) with West Germany. The treaty meant Germany agreed to the post-World War II borders.
Decorations and awards[change | change source]
- Order of the Builders of People's Poland
- Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta
- Partisan Cross
- Order of the Cross of Grunwald, 1st class
References[change | change source]
- "WLADYSLAW GOMULKA OF POLAND IS DEAD". New York Times. 2 September 1982. Retrieved 27 September 2016.