Germany and Poland World War II - Wladyslaw Gomulka Communist leader imprisoned under Stalin Released in 1954 he rose to power after demonstrations and

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Wladyslaw Gomulka – Communist leader imprisoned under Stalin. Released in 1954, he rose to power after demonstrations and became the new leader of Poland. Since he was a genuine communist, supported the Warsaw Pact, and cooperated with Moscow he would rule Poland even after halting collectivization. He increased overall autonomy. Imre Nagy – Head of the Hungarian Communist Party. He wanted Russian troops out of Hungary and to withdraw from Warsaw. He was put down by Soviet troops as he was too radical. Janos Kadar – New Premier input by Khrushchev after Nagy was thrown out. He was easily put in as Soviet brutality was masked by the Suez Crisis. Sputnik/NASA – Part of the space race. The Soviets beat US into space with Sputnik and it looked like they were surpassing the US technologically. U-2 Incident – A US spy plane was shot down in USSR. The American president was going to visit, but after this incident, relations soured even more and the trip was canceled.

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