Seweryn Bialer

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BornNovember 3, 1926
Berlin, Germany
DiedFebruary 8, 2019 (Age 92)
New York City
Polish defector to the US working the anti-communist circuit. Single Bilderberger academic.

Seweryn Bialer was a Polish-Jewish-American political scientist and professor of political science at Columbia University in New York City. He wrote a working paper on The Soviet Union And The West In The 1980's: Containment, Detente Or Confrontation at the 1983 Bilderberg.


During World War II, Bialer, who came from a Jewish family, joined the Polish communist resistance in Lodz in 1942.[1] From 1944 until liberation he was in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. After the war, he rose rapidly as a lecturer in Marxist ideology in the communist-controlled security apparatus. First he headed the political department of the training center of the citizen militia (what the police in the People's Republic of Poland was called) in Słupsk in Pomerania. He then became the head of the Political Department of the Central Police Department in Warsaw. In 1951 he took on a senior post in the propaganda department of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party (PVAP). At just 27 he became a professor at the Stalinist-oriented Institute for Social Sciences of the Central Committee, of which he also became a member. He wrote numerous commentaries for the party organ Trybuna Ludu.

According to his own statements, disillusioned with the reality of the party system, Bialer fled to West Berlin in January 1956 and reported to the US occupation authorities. The Americans immediately took him to Washington. There he reported to the US secret services about his knowledge of the power struggles in Moscow after Stalin's death in 1953.[2]

He also gave a series of lengthy interviews to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, entitled “I have chosen the truth”, in which he sharply condemned the Stalinist system and recounted his experiences in the propaganda apparatus of the PVAP[3]. He was invited by the US Congress (Subcomittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Security Laws) to talk on the infiltration of the authorities by communists. During his appearance before the subcommittee, the exile Pole was translated by Jan Karski. Bialer reported that even in the PVAP, the prevailing view was that the Soviets were the murderers of Katyn.[4]

After moving to New York, he received his doctorate in political science from Columbia University. He was promoted by former US Ambassador W. Averell Harriman, who was one of the architects of Washington's containment policy towards the Soviet Union.[5] In the years that followed, Bialer analyzed the Soviet system and published several books on the subject. At Columbia University he accepted the chair in political science from the Robert and Renee Belfer Foundation.

In 1983 he was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship (the award is commonly referred to as the "Genius Grant").


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198313 May 198315 May 1983Canada
Château Montebello
The 31st Bilderberg, held in Canada


  2. Kremlin Rivalry Related by Pole; Ex-Warsaw Aide, in U.S., Quotes Secret Documents on Leaders' Disputes' Attack on Molotov Related Mao Dispute Told Molotov Plant Renamed, in: New York Times, 15. Juni 1956, S. 4.
  3. Seweryn Bialer: Wybrałem prawdę. Ed. Wolna Europa. München 1956.
  5. Nick Eberstadt: The Poverty of Communism. New York/London 1990, S. 76.
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