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Edward Ochab

In office
March 20, 1956 – October 21, 1956
Preceded by Bolesław Bierut
Succeeded by Władysław Gomułka

Spouse(s) Liwa Ochab née Oshpitzin

Edward Ochab (August 16, 1906, Kraków - May 1, 1989, Warsaw) 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 March 20 and October 21, 1956, just prior to the Gomułka thaw. Political coniuncturalist 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 (acting head of state) August 7,–August 12, 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.

The wife of Edward Ochab, Liwa, stemmed from a Hasidic family of Oshpitzin, residing in Israel, with whom the couple maintained correspondence.


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

See also

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

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