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Edward Gierek
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4th First Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party
In office
20 December 1970 – 5 September 1980
Preceded by Władysław Gomułka
Succeeded by Stanisław Kania
Personal details
Born (1913-01-06)6 January 1913
Porąbka, Piotrków Governorate, Congress Poland (the Russian Empire)
Died 29 July 2001(2001-07-29) (aged 88)
Cieszyn, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
Nationality Polish
Political party Polish United Workers' Party
Spouse(s) Stanisława née Jędrusik (1918–2007)

Edward Gierek was a Polish communist politician.

Gierek is known for opening communist Poland to Western influence. He made economic changes. For a time these changes helped Poland's economy stabilize. He modernized industry and increased access to products. Later the 1973 oil crisis made prices increase. Poland had many foreign debts. There were several revolts because of the economy. The Polish people were unhappy with Gierek and he was removed from power.

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