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Reconstructing Memory

The Holocaust in Polish Public Debates

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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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Introduction ........................................................................................................... 7 Chapter I Collective forgetting of the Holocaust in the People’s Republic of Poland .... 13 1. Collective memory and collective forgetting ........................................... 13 2. Genealogy of the need to forget ............................................................... 27 3. From autonomy to repression .................................................................. 48 4. A monument of martyrdom and the encyclopaedists case ....................... 57 5. March exorcisms on the Holocaust .......................................................... 67 6. Alibi for Oblivion .................................................................................... 78 Chapter II “Poor Poles” look at “Shoah”: Recovery of the memory of the Holocaust in the country of witnesses ........ 87 1. Reconstructing the memory of Jews and the Holocaust in the last decade of the People’s Republic of Poland ............................. 87 2. “Shoah” in Poland: identification of the areas of repression ................. 102 3. What Błoński said in Miłosz’s words. ................................................... 116 Chapter III The national debate on the crime in Jedwabne ............................................ 133 1. The antecedents and the structure of the debate. ................................... 133 2. Historikerstreit in Polish. ....................................................................... 150 3. Jedwabne in the moral discourse ........................................................... 166 4. The defence of the Polish innocence paradigm. .................................... 178 5. Disputes over reconciliation rituals ....................................................... 193 Chapter IV “Fear” after Jedwabne. The debate that almost didn’t happen ................. 215 1. “Fear” in Poland and in the eyes of historians ....................................... 215 2. Invalidating strategies ............................................................................ 225 3. “Fear” without fear ................................................................................ 243 Epilogue ............................................................................................................ 249 Bibliography ...................................................................................................... 269

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