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Re-mapping Polish-German Historical Memory

Physical, Political, and Literary Spaces since World War II

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Publication Year: 2012

Published by: Slavica Publishers

Series: Indiana Slavic Studies


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Spaces of Polish-German Memory: An Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Human beings-as individuals and as socialized commurutles-remember the past selectively and often inconsistently. This observation applies as much to the trivial (say, two people arguing after one has beaten the other to a supermarket parking space) as to the tragic (the mass murder of millions of members of one nation by another). The more socialized the process becomes, the more complex, as competing...


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pp. 9-9

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A Cemetery of Ruins:The Ghetto Space and the Abject Past in Warsaw's Postwar Reconstruction

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pp. 11-38

In 1938, some 370,000 Jews lived in Warsaw. Only Moscow and New York had larger Jewish populations. Most Warsaw Jews lived in the northern part of the capital, clustered in three areas, with the district of Muranow being the most heavily populatedl Muranow became a city within a city that was clearly "Jewish" to the general population and to...

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The Unrealized 1947-48 Design for a Memorial at the Former Death Camp at Treblinka: An Iconographic History

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pp. 39-56

It is planned to surround the grounds of the cemetery with a stone wall. The main entran ce has been situated on the northern side, which permits good communication with the railway and the so-called "black path" leading to Treblinka.2 The guard's lodge is situated to the right of the main entran ce. The broken paths lead from the main entrance to the remaining...

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Heimweh in the Heimat:Homesick Travelers in the lost German East, 1955-70

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pp. 57-80

After the chronic instability of Germany's Weimar period and the horrific atrocities of the Third Reich, the postwar peace and stability in West Germany is surprising, not least because one-fifth of the population consisted of German refugees expelled from the former eastern territories and regions beyond. Before the 1970 Treaty of Warsaw, when Bonn recognized Poland's new postwar border far to the west...


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pp. 81-82

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Curtailing Memory: Simplification and Politicization of Memories of Expulsion and the Eastern Territories in Divided Germany, 1948-72

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pp. 83-104

In the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, memories of forced migration have been the topic of often-heated political controversies, particularly in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Since immediately after the Second World War, memories of flight, expulsion, and resettlement of Germans from the territories east of the Oder and Neisse Rivers have been subject to far-reaching debates in Poland,...

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The Musealization of "Flight, Expulsion, and Integration" in the Federal Republic of Germany: Institutional Trends Conceptual Approaches-Controversial Receptions

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pp. 105-126

With the attack on Poland on 1 September 1939, the German Reich began the Second World War and thus brought suffering and destruction to the European continent on a previously unimagined scale. During the final stage of the war, millions of people were (forcibly) evacuated by the German Army or by the German administrative apparatus from the eastern parts of the German Reich or from their regions of birth...

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Reconciliation Remembered: Early Activists and Polish-German Relations

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pp. 127-158

In the early 1990s, the movement toward Polish-German reconciliation held strong currency in the politics of both countries. In fact, the word reconciliation (Aussiihnung in German,pojednanie in Polish) was used so frequently in media and political discussions that, after a few years, an observer of the relations coined the concept of "reconciliation...


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pp. 159-160

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Uncanny Gdansk/Danzig: Memory, Forgetting, and Reconciliation in the Works of Gunter Grass and Stefan Chwin

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pp. 161-184

Multi-ethnic as a Hansa city, cosmopolitan as Freistadt under the League of Nations between the world wars, distinctly German during the Nazi rule, and almost entirely Polish since 1945-Danzig/Gdarisk is n ot only a concrete geographic and historical location but also a discursive topos, located at the juncture of personal recollections and national memories. The city holds a firm place in literature, most notably...

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On Slavs and Germans: Andrzej Stasiuk's Geopoetics of Central European Memory

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pp. 185-204

The political reconfiguration of Europe after 1989 stirred a noticeable literary interest in geography. Since the 1990s, East-Central European literature in particular has been virtually defined by a relish for the reading, interpretation, and design of geographical spaces. In fictional texts as well as in travel essays, European regions, landscapes, and territories...


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pp. 205-206

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Trauma, Memory, and Justice: A Few Notes on Polish-German Historical Memory and Its Prospects

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pp. 207-216

Opening a conversation about problems related to memory is like opening Pandora's box. Memory is, above all, a heritage; it represents all that came before us. At the same time, it embodies also tradition. In other words, it is what we choose from our heritage as constitutive of our own identities: events and their heroes, books and their authors. But memory is also a political instrument. And when we hear about...

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Notes on the Contributors

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pp. 217-219

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E-ISBN-13: 9780893578886
E-ISBN-10: 0893578886
Print-ISBN-13: 9780893573881
Print-ISBN-10: 0893573884

Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Indiana Slavic Studies
Series Editor Byline: Henry R. Cooper, Jr. See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 830023883
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  • Holocaust memorials.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Monuments -- Germany.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Monuments -- Poland.
  • Collective memory in literature.
  • Germany -- Relations -- Poland.
  • Poland -- Relations -- Germany.
  • German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • Polish literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • Collective memory -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
  • Collective memory -- Poland -- History -- 20th century.
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