Poland's Last Communist Leader Dies at 90

Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski imposed martial law in 1981
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2014 10:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – A military hospital spokesman in Warsaw says Poland's last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has died at age 90. Spokesman Grzegorz Kade said Jaruzelski died in the hospital, where he suffered a stroke earlier this month. He was previously treated for cancer. On Dec. 13, 1981, Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland against the wishes of the nationwide pro-democratic Solidarity union. Solidarity eventually prevailed, ousting the communists from power in 1989 election. Jaruzelski is survived by his wife, Barbara, and a daughter, Monika. (Read more Wojciech Jaruzelski stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.