Cover Osteuropa 6/2008

In Osteuropa 6/2008

Heroes or Victims?
Memory Cultures in Poland Since 1989

Peter Oliver Loew

Deutsche Fassung


The totalitarianisms of the 20th century dominate Poland’s memory cultures to this day. Since 1989, the state’s sovereignty of interpretation has decreased. Efforts by the national-conservative governments under Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński to win back this sovereignty within the framework of history policy have failed for the time being, not least because of an increasingly pluralised and regionalised historical memory.

(Osteuropa 6/2008, pp. 85–102)