Władysław Gomułka, a Polish communist leader, was the first general secretary of the Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza
(Polish United Workers' Party), serving from October 1956 to December 1970. Suspected by Stalin of trying to turn Poland into
another Yugoslavia and, although seen by many sympathetic Poles as trying to find a "Polish road to socialism," Gomułka ultimately
failed in his efforts to turn the Polish People's Republic into a modern and prosperous European country. The margin of freedom
allowed Poland by Moscow was indeed narrow, but Gomułka's own ideological rigidness and lack of understanding and empathy
for Polish national traditions and aspirations led to his demise.