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Disputed memory: Jewish past, Polish remembrance

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posted on 2024-05-15, 11:08 authored by Katrin SteffenKatrin Steffen

Before the Second World War, over 3 million Jews lived in Poland. Almost all of them were killed during the Shoah. The Communist regime forbade commemoration of the Jews as a special group of victims. That has changed since 1990, but remembrance of the Jews still polarises Polish society. That is shown by the debate over Jedwabne and the postwar pogroms. There exists a competition of victims between Jews and Poles. A mythological and symbolic figure of "the Jew" is still at work in Polish memory. Moreover, a "virtual Jewry" has come into being at former sites of Jewish life.

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  • Published

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Journal

Osteuropa

ISSN

0030-6428

Publisher

Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag

Issue

8/10

Volume

58

Page range

199-217

Pages

18

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  • History Publications

Institution

University of Sussex

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

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