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Veterans, Victims, and Memory

The Politics of the Second World War in Communist Poland


Joanna Wawrzyniak

In the vast literature on how the Second World War has been remembered in Europe, research into what happened in communist Poland, a country most affected by the war, is surprisingly scarce. The long gestation of Polish narratives of heroism and sacrifice, explored in this book, might help to understand why the country still finds itself in a «mnemonic standoff» with Western Europe, which tends to favour imagining the war in a civil, post-Holocaust, human rights-oriented way. The specific focus of this book is the organized movement of war veterans and former prisoners of Nazi camps from the 1940s until the end of the 1960s, when the core narratives of war became well established.
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Cover image: Marking of the new Polish border on the Oder (Odra). 1945. Photo credit: unknown, National Digital Archives in Poland.

ISSN 2364-2874

ISBN 978-3-631-64049-4 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-02441-8 (E-Book)

DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-02441-8

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