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Włodzimierz Sokorski

Sokorski on a state visit in Berlin, 20 January 1953

Włodzimierz Sokorski (2 July 1908, Oleksandrivsk – 2 May 1999, Warsaw) was a Polish communist official, writer, military journalist and eventually a Brigadier General in the Soviet-dominated People's Republic of Poland. He was the minister of culture responsible for the implementation of the Stalinist doctrine in Poland during the darkest period of gross human rights violations committed by the state security forces. During World War II he escaped to the Soviet Union.

In 1949 at the Congress of Polish Composers in Łagów he banned jazz, after a four-and-a-half-hour diatribe on the "imperialist rot" poisoning people's minds.[1][2] Following the socialist thaw of the Polish October revolution, Sokorski headed the Polish radio and television committee of the Polish United Workers' Party in the 1960s, and later, the Miesięcznik Literacki ideological monthly magazine (dismantled in 1990).[3] He wrote fake memoirs, novels with strong sexual undertones, and was showered with state medals and awards.[4]

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  1. ^ Igor Pietraszewski, "O przemianach edukacyjnych w muzyce jazzowej po 89’." Page 169. In Edukacja, wychowanie, poradnictwo w kulturze popularnej by Marta Kondracka and Alina Łysak. Wrocław 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ Bylander, Cindy (2015). "Clichés Revisited: Poland's 1949 Łagów Composers' Conference" (PDF). Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ Katarzyna Samojluk, Czasopisma kulturalne w zbiorach Dolnośląskiej Biblioteki Publicznej. Dolnośląska Biblioteka Publiczna im. T. Mikulskiego we Wrocławiu. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Zmarł Włodzimierz Sokorski. Presspublica "Archiwum.rp.pl". Retrieved November 4, 2011.