Commemorating the Children of World War II in Poland

Combative Remembrance

  • Ewa Stańczyk

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About this book


This book explores contemporary debates surrounding Poland’s 'war children', that is the young victims, participants and survivors of the Second World War. It focuses on the period after 2001, which saw the emergence of the two main political parties that were to dictate the tone of the politics of memory for more than a decade. The book shows that 2001 marked a caesura in Poland’s post-Communist history, as this was when the past took center stage in Polish political life. It argues that during this period a distinct culture of commemoration emerged in Poland – one that was not only governed by what the electorate wanted to hear and see, but also fueled by emotions. 


Second World War history of childhood public history history of emotions national identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Ewa Stańczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32261-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-32262-5
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