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Władysław Gomułka
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First Secretary of the
Polish United Workers' Party
In office
21 October 1956 – 20 December 1970
Preceded by Edward Ochab
Succeeded by Edward Gierek
First Secretary of the Polish Workers' Party
In office
Preceded by Paweł Finder
Succeeded by Bolesław Bierut
Personal details
Born (1905-02-06)6 February 1905
Krosno, Austria-Hungary
Died 1 September 1982(1982-09-01) (aged 77)
Konstancin, Poland

Władysław Gomułka 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

  • 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

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