Reconstructing Memory

The Holocaust in Polish Public Debates

by Piotr Forecki (Author)
Monographs 287 Pages
Open Access


The book aims to reconstruct and analyze the disputes over the Polish-Jewish past and memory in public debates in Poland between 1985 and 2012, from the discussions about Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, Jan Błoński’s essay The Poor Poles Look at the Ghetto, Jan Tomasz Gross’ books Neighbours, Fear and Golden Harvest, to the controversies surrounding the premiere of Władysław Pasikowski’s The Aftermath. The analysis includes the course and dynamics of the debates and, most importantly, the panorama of opinions revealed in the process. It embraces the debates held across the entire spectrum of the national press. The selection of press was not limited by the level of circulation or a subjective opinion of their value. The main intention was to reconstruct the widest possible variety of opinions that were revealed during the debates. Broad symbolic elites participated in the debates: people who exercised control over publicly accessible knowledge, legitimacy of beliefs and the content of public discourse.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Open Access
Publication date
2013 (November)
Collective memory Anti-Semitism Public discourse collective forgetting Auschwitz Jedwabne Birkenau
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 287 pp.

Biographical notes

Piotr Forecki (Author)

Piotr Forecki, PhD, is Assistant Professor of the Section of Political Culture at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznán (Poland). He is a member of the Jewish Historical Institute Association. His academic research concerns the Polish memory of the Holocaust, the representation of the Holocaust in feature films, anti-Semitism and hate speech in public discourse.


Title: Reconstructing Memory