What a difference a few years and the fall of the Berlin Wall makes.
In 1983, at the height of martial law and the Solidarity worker’s movement, Poland’s communist-led government detained American reporter Ruth Ellen Gruber on suspicions of “crimes against the state.”
The then-bureau chief for United Press International was hauled in for questioning by police, then expelled from the country.
Thursday, the Polish government was at it again, with a new proclamation aimed at Gruber.This time, it bestowed on her the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit, one of the highest honors awarded to foreigners.
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