Collections > UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection > A "Third Possibility" Revolution: The Success of Émigré Reporting Networks at Radio Free Europe During Poland's 1956 Thaw

This thesis explores the essential role of Polish émigré journalists at Radio Free Europe to the station’s mission and Polish broadcasts throughout the first part of the 1950s, culminating in the 1956 thaw. Exploring how émigré journalists successfully translated Polish public opinion into station broadcast policy, this thesis argues that these two constituencies drew on a collective national consciousness to advocate for gradual communist reform. Using the June Poznań riots and the October thaw as case studies, this thesis examines the process by which American administrators at Radio Free Europe ceded authority to Polish journalists. Ultimately, this thesis concludes that 1956 proved essential to solidifying Radio Free Europe as a news source for Poles, by Poles.