Cover Osteuropa 7/2008

In Osteuropa 7/2008

March 1968 in Poland
A National Event and Transnational Movement

Hans-Christian Petersen

Deutsche Fassung


Only a few observers in Western Europe associate 1968 with Poland, although Polish students and workers were the first to rebel in Europe that year. They criticised Warsaw’s decrepit regime, which reacted with repression and set in motion an anti-Semitic campaign that drove 15,000 Polish Jews into emigration. But “1968 in Poland” is more than an anti-Jewish witches’ Sabbath. The protests of Poland’s youth have much in common with those in France and the United States, and all of these movements in turn influenced one another.

(Osteuropa 7/2008, pp. 71–86)