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Museum of the Second World War and Politics of History in Poland

28. Juni 2018 | 14:50

Vortrag in englischer Sprache |

Prof. Dr. Paweł Machcewicz (Polnische AdW, Warschau; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)

The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk was opened in March 2017. It is the largest historical museum in Poland and one of the biggest historical museums in Europe and in the world. It also turned out to be the biggest battlefield in the realm of historical memory, culture and politics of history in Poland during the last years. This project evoked the most heated debates and controversies, and the very opening of the museum was severely jeopardized and hardly came true because of the counteractions by the current Polish government. The concept of the Museum of the Second World was from the very beginning attacked by the nationalist right-wing as »too European«, »pseudo-universalistic«, »pacifistic« and »not Polish enough«. Currently the permanent exhibition of the Museum of the Second World War is being changed according to the expectations of the ruling Law and Justice Party.


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About Paweł Machcewicz:
Historian, professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences; 2008-2017 – founding director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk; he has taught at the Warsaw University and the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and was a co-founder of the Institute of National Remembrance, from 2000 to 2006 he acted as director of its research and education branch. His many books include Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956 (2009) and Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe, 1950-1989 (2014) in the Cold War Series of the Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press. He was also editor and co-author of the two-volume series Wokół Jedwabnego (Jedwabne and Beyond, 2002; in German: Der Beginn der Vernichtung. Zum Mord an den Juden in Jedwabne und Umgebung in Sommer 1941. Neue Forschungsergebnisse polnischer Historiker, Fibre, Osnabrück 2004). He also published about politics of history and memory conflicts in Poland and East Central Europe after 1989: Spory o historię 2000-2011 (Historical Battles 2000-2011), 2012. His most recent book describes the history of creating the Museum of the Second World in Gdańsk and controversies it evoked (“Muzeum”, Kraków 2017, ZNAK). Its German edition was published in May 2018: Der umkämpfte Krieg. Das Museum des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Danzig. Entstehung und Streit (Harrassowitz Verlag).

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