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Arrested Mourning

Memory of the Nazi Camps in Poland, 1944–1950


Zofia Woycicka

«Analyzing the earliest debates over the memory of Nazi camps, the author makes an important contribution to the study of their origin, reducing the existing asymmetry in our knowledge on the relevant phenomena in Western and Eastern Europe. This is all the more important as the Poles and Polish Jews, whose involvement in the disputes over memory she describes, were the most important group of survivors and eyewitnesses of the camps and so the genuine group of memory.» Prof. Dariusz Stola (Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Science)
«The vast number and variety of sources used in this work create a fascinating picture of a multifaceted, rich, vivid, and at times heated debate conducted in Poland in the late 1940s. A great merit of Wóycicka is to preserve this discourse from oblivion and to bring it back into the public sphere.» Barbara Engelking (Polish Center for Holocaust Research)
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This publication is funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.


Editorial assistance by Jessica Taylor-Kucia.

Cover image:

A Red Army soldier liberating a camp prisoner (Za Wolność i Lud, 1-15 Apr. 1950).

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Wóycicka, Zofia, author.

[Przerwana żałoba. English]

Arrested mourning : memory of the Nazi camps in Poland, 1944-1950 / Zofia Wóycicka.

pages cm. -- (Warsaw studies in contemporary history; volume 2)

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 978-3-631-63642-8

1. Collective memory--Poland. 2. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. 3. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Poland. I. Title.

HM1027.P7W6813 2013



ISSN 2195-1187

ISBN 978-3-631-63642-8 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-03883-5 (E-Book)

DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03883-5


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