Bolesław Bierut; Polish United Workers’ Party; Polish People’s Republic
"Z Dziejów Prawa" (2018), T. 11 (19), cz. 2, s. 279-293
This article addresses the impact of politics and ideology on the development of law
in the Polish People’s Republic during the Stalinist period. The entire legal system was influenced,
and it was mostly visible within constitutional law and criminal law.
Bolesław Bierut’s persona demonstrates that statements made by the then highest ranks of
the state apparatus were not without significance for the development and practical application of
law. Abundant with ideology, Bierut’s addresses were a foundation for the continuing transformations
and justification for increasing repressive measures against actual and imagined enemies of
the new authority. A tool for the revolutionary changes was the law.