Newly released documents from the archives of Poland’s former Communist regime show that secret police conducted a campaign to destroy the reputation of the late Archbishop Ignacy Tokarczuk of Przemysl, the chaplain of the Solidarity movement.
Polish police cooperated with the Soviet agency, the KGB, to produce
false documents that purportedly showed the archbishop, as a young
priest, had cooperated with the Gestapo to identify Communists who were
then tortured and killed by the Nazi regime.
The forged documents were
used as the basis for a sensational report, published in a Sicilian
magazine that was subsequently shown to be controlled by the KGB.
After the publication of the false charges in 1980, Archbishop Tokarczuk
came under intense public criticism, and the Polish government opened
an investigation into his past conduct.
The archbishop eventually
weathered the storm, and held his post until he resigned in 1993 at the
age of 75. He died in 2012.