• Janek GrytaEmail author


Bringing together the disparate threads of the analysis, this chapter offers a reconceptualisation of the history of Polish Holocaust memory. It suggests that contrary to anecdotal evidence, the critical narrative that challenges the ethno-nationalist representations of the past is not in retreat. On the contrary, its proponents have made surprising headway in imbuing Polish memoryscape with challenging and often cosmopolitan ideas. This memory work, often motivated by global pressure, had local roots that can be dated to at least the 1980s. Bringing to the scholarly attention those early critical interventions in the Holocaust memory, this chapter offers a new periodisation of the memory work in Poland.


Poland Holocaust Cultural memory Communism 1989 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK

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