Monthly Archives: August 2010

History, Poland

Solidarnosc’s 30th Anniversary

Democracy Digest from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): It was thirty years’ ago, on 31 August 1980, that strikers from Gdansk’s Lenin Shipyard forced the communist regime to recognize Solidarnosc as an independent trade union, release political prisoners, end media censorship and accept the right to strike. The regime later imposed martial law and Solidarity was forced underground before being…

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Cold War, International Broadcasting, Poland

Zofia Korbonska’s Obituary

Radio Coder Provided Information from German-Occupied Poland

During World War II, the British government made available to the various governments-in-exile from countries occupied by Nazi Germany, voice radio transmission facilities to broadcast to those countries, under the pretense that the transmissions originated in the
occupied countries. To pull this off, the radio stations needed daily news feeds from observers on the ground. From Poland, the news was provided by Zofia Korbonski, wife of Stefan, who was the Polish Government-in-Exile’s delegate and director of the Directorate of Civil Resistance, which coordinated non-military resistance efforts by the
Polish populace against the German occupying forces.

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Glos Ameryki, History, International Broadcasting, Poland

Zofia Korbonska Funeral Arrangements

The following announcement from the Stefan Korbonski Foundation includes information about the funeral arrangements for Zofia Korbonska, a World War II Polish Underground Armia Krajowa (AK) writer and coder of radio messages sent from Nazi-occupied Poland to the Polish Government-in-Exile in London and a former longtime editor at the Polish Service of the Voice of America in New York and Washington, DC. She passed away on August 16 in her home in Washington at the age of 95.

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Glos Ameryki, International Broadcasting, Poland, VOA

Zofia Korbonska, Polish Freedom Fighter and Voice of America Broadcaster, Dead at 95

Zofia Korbonska, Polish Underground resistance heroine and participant in the Warsaw Rising of 1944, passed away on the morning of August 16 in her home in Washington DC. More details to follow. In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Stefan Korbonski Foundation, promoter of publications about the recent history of Poland. Stefan Korbonski Foundation c/o Ted…

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