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'Christmas in Poland'

December 31, 1988

When I returned from Poland in November, my family asked me what was it like. Worse than I expected and impossible.

Thanks to Joseph Borkowski ("Christmas in Poland, the Season to Be Jostled," Opinion, Dec. 25), I now hand out copies of his column and say "that's what it was like."

I traveled alone for two weeks and lived with a family for a month. When I would comment on the surliness of waiters and clerks, people would tell me this is "normal." The putrid air in Silesia, "normal." The "change money" routine, "normal." The sad faces, "normal."

They are anxious to leave Poland. Socialism is slowly extinguishing what spirit they have left. But this too, they recognize as "normal."

HELEN H. BOURQUIN

Los Angeles

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