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Prominent Author Suggest Stalin Building Be Anti-Stalin Symbol

October 8, 1988

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Author Tadeusz Konwicki wants Poland’s tallest building, named in honor of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, to be turned into a symbol to honor the victims of Stalinism, a newspaper reported Friday.

The Kurier Polski said Konwicki made the suggestion in an interview after the paper asked people how Poland might best honor victims of Stalinist repression.

″I think the best (symbolic) mausoleum for the victims would be our Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science, which in fact was built by Stalin and his supporters,″ Konwicki was quoted as saying.

The wedding-cake style building that towers above Warsaw was a gift to communist Poland from Stalin. Completed in 1955, it is officially named the Josef Stalin Palace of Culture and Science.

Konwicki said a neon sign that partially obstructs the name of Stalin etched into the facade of the 772-foot-tall building should be taken down so Stalin’s name can be seen clearly.

″That would be a symbol of the whole matter,″ Konwicki said.

A Konwicki novel, ″A Minor Apocalypse,″ published in 1979, used the image of the building deteriorating to symbolize corrosion of the communist system.

Other Poles interviewed suggested erecting monuments to Stalinist victims.

A history teacher said publishing a history book ″with no blank spots″ would be a fitting tribute.

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