Cover Osteuropa 3-5/2018

In Osteuropa 3-5/2018

Germany, an anti-fairytale
The bogeyman of the Polish right

Peter Oliver Loew

Deutsche Fassung


In the Polish right-wing media, anti-German themes are omnipresent. Many relate to the Second World War, and are being very positively received. National conservatives are portraying Germany as the hegemon of Europe aspiring to colonise Poland. These politicians are attempting to exploit the depiction of Germany as a bogeyman to mobilise their own supporters and unite society. Anti-Germanism is an expression of the search for identity in a traumatised, polarised and socio-economically fragile society.

(Osteuropa 3-5/2018, pp. 465–494)