Editor says, what if a successful Hungarian Uprising had encouraged Gomulka's thaw? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Conjoined Crisis thread.
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Editor says, in reality the two crises were not directly connected and the time sequences have been adjusted to suite the story line.
 Gomułka was initially very popular for his reforms and seeking a "Polish way to socialism", and beginning an era known as Gomułka's thaw. However, during the 1960s he became more conservative under growing Soviet pressure. In the 1960s he supported persecution of the Roman Catholic Church and intellectuals (notably Leszek Kołakowski who was forced into exile). Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.