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Veterans, victims, and memory : the politics of the Second World War in communist Poland

Author: Joanna Wawrzyniak; Simon Lewis, (Translator)
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main ; Bern : Peter Lang Edition, [2015] ©2015
Series: Studies in contemporary history, volume 4
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the vast literature on how the Second World War has been remembered in Europe, research into what happened in communist Poland, a country most affected by the war, is surprisingly scarce. The long gestation of Polish narratives of heroism and sacrifice, explored in this book, might help to understand why the country still finds itself in a "mnemonic standoff" with Western Europe, which tends to favour imagining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wawrzyniak, Joanna, 1975-
Veterans, Victims, and Memory.
Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang Edition, [2015]
(DLC) 2014043630
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Wawrzyniak; Simon Lewis, (Translator)
ISBN: 9783631640494 3631640498 9783653024418 3653024412 9783653996807 3653996805 9783653996814 3653996813
OCLC Number: 1082949370
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (259 pages)
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; List of Abbreviations; List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Chapter 1: Communism, Myth and Memory; Collective Memory, Memory Groups and Myths of War under Communism; Agents: Veterans, Victims and the Nation State; Structures: Organizations in the Communist System; Sources Consulted; Chapter 2: The Communist Post-war: Organizing Life and Memory; Challenges of Demobilization; Communist Legislation and the ex-Combatants and Prisoners, 1945-48: A View From Above; Memory Groups: A View from Below; Commemoration: 'I can still smell that putrid stench' Assistive activities and group interests'The Soil Has Been Tilled': Towards the Unification of Memory Groups; Chapter 3: The Myth of Victory over Fascism (1949-55); Setting the Stage; The Unification Congress; Fighters for peace; In the ranks of the national front; Sites of Memory and the Myth of Victory; Concentration camps; Fields of battle; The forest and the urban resistance; Behind the Scenes: Organization as Illusion; Unity and exclusion; 'We have been unable to plough this fallow field'; The withdrawal of patronage and awards; Chapter 4: The Myth of Unity (1956-59); Memory Unbound Changes'They gather almost every day and muck-rake in the past'; Against the monopoly of memory; ZBoWiD in the provinces: the case of Lublin region; The Myth of Unity: Formation; The 'family of combatants' and criteria for verification; 'Let's do patriotism'; Anti-German attitudes; The Second ZBoWiD Congress; Chapter 5: The Myth of Innocence (1960-69); Clientelism: 'We Have Been Able to Arrange It'; The Partisans; 'Only ZBoWiD can speak in the name of the Home Army tradition'; Partisan culture; Rival Martyrologies; Wartime martyrdom; Anti-Semitism; The innocent Poles and the ungrateful Jews Afterword: The Long Shadow of the Communist Politics of MemoryPolish War Memory in Comparative Context; Communist Narratives: between Persistence and Change; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Studies in contemporary history, volume 4
Other Titles: ZBoWiD i pamięć drugiej wojny światowej, 1949-1969.
Responsibility: Joanna Wawrzyniak ; translated by Simon Lewis.
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Abstract:

In the vast literature on how the Second World War has been remembered in Europe, research into what happened in communist Poland, a country most affected by the war, is surprisingly scarce. The long gestation of Polish narratives of heroism and sacrifice, explored in this book, might help to understand why the country still finds itself in a "mnemonic standoff" with Western Europe, which tends to favour imagining the war in a civil, post-Holocaust, human rights-oriented way. The specific focus of this book is the organized movement of war veterans and former prisoners of Nazi camps from the 1940s until the end of the 1960s, when the core narratives of war became well established.

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