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Fałszywka (English: Lech Wałęsa when he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This file was fabricated and then "leaked" to the media (as "proof" of his betrayal of Solidarity)[4] in an attempt to prevent Wałęsa from being awarded the Prize.[5] A similar file led to the publication of a widely successful book Zabić tego Polaka (To Kill that Pole) about the fake assassination plan against the Pope John Paul II during his 1983 pilgrimage to Poland.[6]


The former head of the State Protection Office (UOP), General Gromosław Czempiński, described the method in which typical fałszywka used to be made.[7] Nobody ever saw the original document (as in the case of Lech Wałęsa). The Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs made sure that only the Xerox copies were in circulation, because they could not be denounced as fake, and were easy to make. The Communist secret police used them frequently, said Czempiński, stating also that often the officers who signed them were created out of thin air.[7] Writer Jerzy Urban noted, that (if available) signatures of alleged collaborators, from unrelated documents, were also Xeroxed and pasted into fałszywkas before reprints.[2]

Following the the Minister Władysław Bartoszewski (former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner),[8] and Professor Jerzy Kłoczowski (member of the UNESCO Executive Board),[9] have been noted among their targets. Kłoczowski was defended against slander based on a fałszywka produced by Security Service, in a letter of protest published in Rzeczpospolita in 2004, and signed by a slew of Polish intellectuals including Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski, Prof. Andrzej Zoll, Józef Życiński, Andrzej Wajda, Prof. Barbara Skarga, Prof. Jan Miodek, Prof. Jerzy Zdrada, Aleksander Hall, Władysław Frasyniuk, Prof. Adam Galos, Krystyna Zachwatowicz and many others.[10][11]

Lech Wałęsa as agent Bolek

Wałesa has been accused of having been an informer for the Polish secret police Służba Bezpieczeństwa (SB) already in the early 1970s. A 2008 book by historians from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), Sławomir Cenckiewicz and Piotr Gontarczyk, presented evidence provoking a nation-wide debate.[12][13][14][15] The book was perceived by some as very controversial; but it contained over 130 pages of documents in support of its thesis, originating from the archives of the SB secret service, which were inherited by the IPN. Cenckiewicz defended his discoveries on those basis.[16] Even Janusz Kurtyka, president of the Institute of National Remembrance at the time, believed it was true, while admitting that the book did not contain a "hundred-percent" proof of Wałęsa in fact being the agent Bolek.[17] To make the matters worse, some of the Xerox copies went missing from the secret police records during Wałęsa's presidency of Poland (1990–1995), which some commentators perceived as a more serious problem inhibiting the post-communist process of lustration in Poland.[18] The SB security police tried to recruit Wałęsa several times and maintained the Bolek file between 1970 and 1976. At different times in his career Wałęsa had both admitted and denied that he has identified individuals during his interrogations recorded there. However, no compromising SB documents exist about him at all, once he joined the Solidarity Coastal Free Trade Union in the following years.[18]

It took the IPN six years to finally admit that the Służba Bezpieczeństwa fabricated all documents pertaining to the alleged collaboration of Wałęsa with the secret police. The SB goal was to slander and discredit him before the Nobel committee.[19] The fałszywkas were confirmed in the 2000 court case by a document written in 1985 by Major Adam Styliński during an internal investigation at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The document written by Styliński described how the fałszywkas were produced and disseminated by the department as far as Norway during the [20][21]

The IPN inquiry into the history of the counterfeit Wałęsa file which began in 2005 was moved from Gdańsk to Białystok in 2008 for technical reasons.[22] The Białystok inquiry concentrated not on the pre-Solidarity era documents from the "Bolek" file, but rather on the fałszywkas which went missing when Wałęsa was president. The removal of slanderous material from the secret police files had been labeled by some researchers who study the history of Solidarity, as a ministerial cover-up no matter what they contained.[18]

John Paul II assassination folder

John Paul II at an open-air mass on Victory Square in Warsaw, 1979

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded in Rome by a Turkish gunman.[23][24] Little is known about classified documents describing an alleged similar attempt on his life during his 1979 Papal visit to Poland. In 2002–2004 the IPN prosecutor Andrzej Witkowski uncovered a fałszywka suggesting that an assassination attempt was planned by the Polish security forces during his church mass in Częstochowa. The information came from the local communist prosecutor Marek Izydorek. However, when Witkowski attempted to locate the actual folder, the only note he found said that there are no such documents.[6][25]

The alleged John Paul II assassination folder was behind the 1991 publication of an immensely popular book entitled Zabić tego Polaka (To Kill that Pole) printed in Warsaw by Wydawnictwo ROK publishing, with 100,000 copies. The book claimed that the action was conducted not in 1979, but in 1983; and not in Częstochowa, but in Warsaw; and that the only reason why it did not succeed was the faulty bomb detonator. It is suspected that the story was based on a counterfeit police report produced by the Communist secret service.[6][25]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ """Polish-English translation for "fałszywka. Polish-English dictionary. 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ Małgorzata Kundzicz (2012-08-20). "Były burmistrz podał do sądu posła. Wszystko przez teczki SB (Former Mayor takes an MP to court. Everything because of the SB files)". Serwisy Miejskie - Artykuły. Gazeta Olsztyńska. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Cezary Gmyz. "Odgrzewane kotlety, czyli jak spreparować newsa". SB a Lech Wałęsa by Sławomir Cenckiewicz and Piotr Gontarczyk.  
  5. ^ "Communists fabricated documents against Walesa". CTV News, Canada.  
  6. ^ a b c Editorial (04-09-2012). "Fałszywka w sprawie zamachu na Papieża (Fałszywka about the Pope assassination)". Wiadomosci (in Polish). Poland Leaks. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Editorial (February 20, 2012). "Czempiński u Olejnik: teczka Lecha Wałęsy to fałszywka. Ja się na tym znam. (– Wałęsa file was a "fałszywka" says Gen. Czempiński...)". Teksty.  
  8. ^ Editorial (October 9, 2008). "IPN: SB preparowało materiały kompromitujące Bartoszewskiego (Materials to defame Bartoszewski were fabricated by SB, says IPN)". Wiadomości (in Polish).  
  9. ^ Dr Andrzej Myc, Rada i Komitetu Wykonawczego Solidarności Walczącej; Romuald Lazarowicz, Biuletyn Dolnośląski. "TW Historyk"Jerzy Kłoczowski: . Zmory przeszłości (Nightmares of the Past) (in Polish). Wydawnictwo Lena Heleny Lazarowicz. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Editorial (2004-11-12). "Protest intelektualistów w obronie prof. Kłoczowskiego (The Protest of Polish intelectuals in defence of Prof. Kłoczowski)". Wydarzenia. Katolicka Agencja Informacyjna. Retrieved September 27, 2012. Included in the article, is the full text of protest by the Polish intelectuals against slander of Prof. Jerzy Kłoczowski based on an SB fałszywka 
  11. ^ Editorial (2008-05-13). "Historia "Historyka" (z dziejów Zjednoczonego Frontu Antylustracyjnego)". Salon 24. Niezależne forum publicystów. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ )"The SB and Lech Wałęsa. An Intro to Biography (SB a Lech Wałęsa. Przyczynek do biografii" (in Polish). Instytut Pamięci Narodowej ( February 16, 2006. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Row over Lech Wałęsa's Alleged Collaboration with Communists Escalates," Wikinews, Friday, 20 June 2008.
  14. ^ Michael Szporer (Spring 2009). "SB a Lech Wałęsa: Przyczynek do biografii (Online review)". Journal of Cold War Studies, vol. 11, no. 2. pp. 119–121. 
  15. ^ Roger Boyes, "Lech Walesa was a Communist spy, says new book," The Times, 25 June 2008.
  16. ^ "'Positive Proof' Lech Walesa Was a Communist Spy: Interview with Historian Slawomir Cenkiewicz," Der Spiegel, 23 June 2008.
  17. ^ "Kurtyka: Wałęsa był „Bolkiem”, brał pieniądze od SB – podpisuję się pod tymi tezami" (Kurtyka: "Wałęsa was Bolek, he took money from Służba Bezpieczeństwa - I attest to these statements"), RMF24, 18 June 2008. (Polish)
  18. ^ a b c Michael Szporer (2012). Solidarity: The Great Workers Strike of 1980. Lexington Books. pp. 149–150.  
  19. ^ a b Wojciech Czuchnowski, Maciej Sandecki (December 22, 2011), "SB fałszowała kwity na Wałęsę," Gazeta wyborcza. (Polish)
  20. ^ CTVNews (December 22, 2011). "Communists fabricated documents against Walesa". Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Teczka Wałęsy - spór o przeszłość noblisty". Raporty. Spór o książkę Piotra Gontarczyka i Sławomira Cenckiewicza (in Polish). Gazeta Wyborcza. 2008-06-05. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  22. ^ Wiadomości (08.10.2008). "Białystok: IPN o śledztwie w sprawie wytwarzania dokumentów kompromitujących Wałęsę". Archiwum (in Polish). PAP. Retrieved September 26, 2012. Re: Książka Sławomira Cenckiewicza i Piotra Gontarczyka 
  23. ^ 1981 Year in Review: Pope John Paul II Assassination Attempt. United Press International (UPI). 1981.
  24. ^ Bishop Stanisław Dziwisz (13 May 2001), "13 May 1981 Conference For Honorary Doctorate." L'Osservatore Romano, Via del Pellegrino, Vatican City.
  25. ^ a b Anonymous. "Zabić tego Polaka". Information about Product. eStudiante. p. 207.  
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