Cover Osteuropa 6/2009

In Osteuropa 6/2009

Remembrance, Reconciliation, Witness
Church Lustration in Free Poland

Tomasz Królak

Deutsche Fassung


The Catholic Church enjoyed considerable respect in the People’s Republic of Poland. In the dispute with Communism, the church emerged as victor. But after 1989, trust in the church eroded. The unclear role that it actually played encountered criticism. Individual members of the church, such as Archbishop Wielgus, were linked to the secret service. Calls to take responsibility grew loud. The Polish media get wind of headlines and call for employees of the security service to be revealed. Through lustration and a public examination of its conscience, the church is seeking reconciliation.

(Osteuropa 6/2009, pp. 129–144)