Minc was of Jewish origin. He was born into the middle-class family of Oskar Minc and Stefania née Fajersztajn. Minc joined the Communist Party of Poland before World War II. Between 1944-1956, he was a member of the PWP/PUWP Politburo of the Polish Workers' Party.
Minc was the third in command in Bolesław Bierut's political apparatus following the Soviet takeover, after Jakub Berman and Bierut himself. He served as the Minister of Industry, Minister of Industry and Commerce, and deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs during the Stalinist period in the Polish People’s Republic all the way until 1956. Minc was a close associate of the Polish Communist leader Władysław Gomułka in their joint meetings with Joseph Stalin at the Kremlin. Stalin personally assigned Minc first to the Industry and then to the Transportation ministry of Poland in 1949. He was one of the main architects of Poland's Six-Year Plan, implemented in 1950. Minc's wife, Julia, was an Editor-in-Chief of the Polish Press Agency until 1954.
In 1956, he was removed from the Politburo and the Central Committee, and eventually forced to leave the Communist Party.
Notes and references
- Schatz, Jaff (1991). The Generation: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Communists of Poland. University of California Press. p. 369.
- Andrzej Werblan, New Evidence on Poland in the Early Cold War, "Conversation between Władysław Gomułka and Stalin on 14 November 1945"
- "Wilson Center website" (PDF). Retrieved 20 February 2018.
- Hilary Minc records in the Open Society archives[permanent dead link], Munich, October 15, 1956
- Andrzej Walicki, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame's May 17, 1987 New York Times review of Teresa Torańska's book, Them: Stalin's Polish Puppets
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