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20 The destruction of the PSL and the Communists’ reliance on all manner of repression against its democratic opponents drove Mikolajczyk to flee Poland for his life in October 1947. Soon after, Rozmarek met with him and won the Polish American Congress’ approval of a tie with Mikolajczyk in the ongoing effort to press the United States into stronger opposition to the Polish Communist regime. The connection was controversial within the PAC leadership and was soon terminated. But Rozmarek’s aim had been clear—to keep the public aware of the PAC’s stance against the Polish regime by linking its objectives with those of an internationally known opponent of Communism.

A number of local political clubs came together in 1915 to establish the Ukrainian Federation of Socialist Parties (UFSPA). A split soon occurred within the UFSPA between social patriots who favored national renewal, and Bolsheviks who emphasized class warfare and world revolution. The Bolshevik wing eventually bolted and established the Ukrainian Federation of Communist Parties (UFCPA). Ukrainian Bolsheviks helped establish the Communist Party of America (CPA) in Chicago in 1919. Bombings, strikes, riots, and other disturbances followed, leading to arrests and mass deportations of aliens.

27 It could be said that Polish Americans and the Polish American Congress had indeed won the debate by that time, although few in the government, media or academia were around to say so in public. Conclusion A close review of the record of the activities and mission of the Polish American Congress from the time of its creation in 1944 indicates that its position on behalf of Poland evolved in two stages: from one emphasizing the defense of Poland and opposition to Soviet Russian aggression to a policy that recognized the importance of opposing Communism as a threat to both Poland’s freedom and the security of the United States.

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