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Reconciliation in Bloodlands

Assessing Actions and Outcomes in Contemporary Central-Eastern Europe


Edited By Jacek Kurczewski

Central-Eastern Europe, in the mid-20 th century, was a scene of Holocaust, mass killings, war, deportations and forced resettlements under the competing totalitarian invasions and afterwards. It was also the area where churches, politicians and citizens were engaged in reconciliation between antagonized religions and nations. This book presents several attempts to heal relations between Poles, Jews, Germans, Czechs, Ukrainians, Russians and Latvians as well as between Catholics, Protestants and Mariavites. Re-conciliatory practices of John Paul II and other Catholic leaders as well as Protestant churches are analysed in the first part of the book. Most of the remaining studies are focused on particular localities in Upper Silesia, Cieszyn Silesia, former Polish Livland and on the Polish-Ukrainian borderland. These detailed contributions combine sociological methods with anthropological insight and historical context. The authors are sociologists, psychologists and theologians and this leads to a fully interdisciplinary approach in the assessment of the recent state of inter-group relations in the region as well as in the proposed theory of peacebuilding and reconciliation.
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Henryk Czech, “Reconciled Diversity – Contribution of the Opole Catholic Church to the Reconciliation of Ethnic Groups, Traditions and Cultures” had been translated from Henryk Czech, “Pojednana różnorodność – wkład opolskiego Kościoła katolickiego w pojednanie narodów, tradycji i kultur”, J. Kurczewski (Ed.), 2012. Socjologia pojednania, Nomos, Kraków: 49-70; Aniela Różańska “Young People of Cieszyn Silesia in Interfaith Dialogue” had been translated from Aniela Różańska, “Postawy młodzieży ewangeliskiej i katolickiej wobec dialogu międzywyznaniowego na Śląsku Cieszyńskim”, J. Kurczewski (Ed.),2012. Socjologia pojednania, Nomos, Kraków 97-110; Józef Szymeczek “Polish Protestants in Trans-Olza River Cieszyn Silesia: Towards the Polish-German and Czech-German Reconciliation.” had been translated from from Józef Szymeczek, “Ewangelicy na Śląsku Cieszyńskim a polskoniemiecko-czeskie pojednanie”, J. Kurczewski (Ed.), 2012. Socjologia pojednania, Nomos, Kraków 87-96.

The following chapters had included parts previous published in Polish:

Małgorzata Fuszara “Kresowianie: the Polish Expellees’ Perspective on Reconciliation” includes some parts previously published in M. Fuszara, “Organizacje kresowe – pojednanie czy resentyment? J. Kurczewski (Ed.), 2012. Socjologia pojednania, Nomos, Kraków 127-142 and in M. Fuszara “Pojednanie bez konfliktu? Rekompensaty za mienie zabużańskie”, J. Kurczewski and A. Herman (Eds.) 2012. Antagonizm i pojednanie ← 351 | 352 → w środowiskach wielokulturowych, Słowo/Obraz Terytorium, Gdańsk: 313-352; Aneta Gawkowska “Love Speech as Action. John Paul II’s Teaching and Practice of Conciliation” includes some parts previously published in Aneta Gawkowska, “Reconciliatio and paenitentia -–Jana Pawla...

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