Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2006

In Osteuropa 11-12/2006

Remember Local, Think European
Regional History in Poland

Claudia Kraft

Deutsche Fassung


Since they took over power in 2005, Polish national conservatives have been trying to push through a centrally steered affirmative history policy. This is viewed critically, above all in Germany. In the process, it is forgotten that in the last few years, numerous civil-society initiatives have been established in Poland. These organisations are rediscovering the multi-ethnic, multi-confessional heritage of formally German eastern territories. The most prominent example is the cultural society Borussia. Such initiatives aim to make a contribution to Europe’s diverse and contradictory culture of memory.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2006, pp. 235–244)