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Reconstructing Memory

The Holocaust in Polish Public Debates


Piotr Forecki

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.


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Reconstructing Memory GESCHICHTE ERINNERUNG POLITIK Posener Studien zur Geschichts-, Kultur- und Politikwissenschaft Herausgegeben von Anna Wolff-Powęska und Piotr Forecki Fakultät der politischen Wissenschaften und des Journalismus der Adam Mickiewicz Universität Posen Band 5 Piotr Forecki Reconstructing Memory The Holocaust in Polish Public Debates Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at Research project financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in the National Program for the Development of the Humanities. Translated by Marta Skowronska. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Forecki, Piotr, author. [Od Shoah do Strachu. English] Reconstructing memory : the Holocaust in Polish public debates / Forecki, Piotr. pages cm. — (Geschichte Erinnerung Politik : Band 5.) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-62365-7 1. Jews—Poland—History—20th century. 2. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)— Poland. 3. Jews—Crimes against—Poland. 4. Poland—Ethnic relations. 5. Public opinion—Poland. I. Title. DS134.55.F6713 2013 940.53'1809438--dc23 2013028630 ISSN 2191-3528 ISBN 978-3-631-62365-7 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03675-6 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03675-6 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions,...

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