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

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 unders...

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Main Author: Wawrzyniak, Joanna
Other Authors: Lewis, Simon
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Frankfurt am Main Peter Lang Edition [2015], 2014
Series:Studies in Contemporary History
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Summary: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.--
Physical Description:1 online resource
ISBN:9783631640494
3631640498