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Displaced Memories

Remembering and Forgetting in Post-War Poland and Ukraine

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Anna Wylegała

The book is a comparative case study of collective memory in two small communities situated on two Central-European borderlands. Despite different pre-war histories, Ukrainian Zhovkva (before 1939 Polish Żółkiew) and Polish Krzyż (before 1945 German Kreuz) were to share a common fate of many European localities, destroyed and rebuilt in a completely new shape. As a result of war, and post-war ethnic cleansing and displacement, they lost almost all of their pre-war inhabitants and were repopulated by new people. Based on more than 150 oral history interviews, the book describes the process of reconstruction of social microcosm, involving the reader in a journey through the lives of real people entangled in the dramatic historical events of the 20th century.

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Introduction

Beginnings: Questions, Inspirations, Objectives

Theories: Memory, Politics and Forgetting

In the Field: Methods and Methodology

1 Dramatis personae: History and Memory

Roots (up to 1939)

War and Other Misfortunes (1938–1945)

Brave New World (1945–1953)

The Post-war Culture of (Non-)Remembrance (1953–1989/1991)

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