Dick Virden writes of his experiences in Poland during the Cold War.
Polish-Americans made sure Poland was always on Washington's radar screen, a role they took very seriously and played well. Even under the communists in the 70s, we gave Poland hundreds of millions of dollars in credit to buy American grain. Poland desperately needed help to feed its people, and American farmers benefited as well. And in the 80s, when Solidarity was forced underground, the American trade unions, again with Polonia's prodding, smuggled in money, printing equipment and other supplies.
December 1, 2011