Edward Ochab

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Edward Ochab
Edward Ochab(1).jpg
First Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party
In office
20 March 1956 – 21 October 1956
Preceded by Bolesław Bierut
Succeeded by Władysław Gomułka
Personal details
Born 16 August 1906
Died 1 May 1989 (aged 82)
Spouse(s) Rachela née Silbiger (d.1996)

Edward Ochab (Polish: [ˈɛdvart ˈɔxap]; 1906–1989) was a Polish Communist politician promoted to the position of the First Secretary of the Communist party in the People's Republic of Poland between 20 March and 21 October 1956, just prior to the Gomułka thaw. A political opportunist with a Stalinist past, Ochab was deputy chairman of the Polish Council of State 1961–1964 and as such one of four acting Chairmen of the Council of State from 7 to 12 August 1964. Ochab served as Chairman of the Council of State (head of state) in the years 1964-1968. He withdrew from politics in 1968 in the aftermath of the anti-Semitic campaign conducted by his own governing Polish United Workers' Party.


  • Chaim Wolnerman, "Water Carriers" [1]
  • The New York Times, May 3, 1989, "Edward Ochab Is Dead; Poland Ex-Official" [2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Aleksander Zawadzki
Chairman of the Polish Council of State
Succeeded by
Marian Spychalski
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bolesław Bierut
General Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party
Succeeded by
Władysław Gomułka