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Polticized memory in Poland: anti-communism and the Holocaust

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In this article, I trace how political and intellectual elites in contemporary Poland weave the stories of the recent past, paying particular attention to narratives of Polish-Jewish relations and imbrications with communism. I first outline the three main narrations of the past and identify their divergent themes; I then specify their consonant and similar motifs. I demonstrate that despite differences, all major political actors conflate communism with Jewishness and circulate the myth of ┼╗ydokomuna. In so doing, they discursively establish the symmetry of suffering between the groups, and they affect the way contemporary Poles remember the Holocaust.

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25(3)

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351-376

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Link to article (paywalled), Polticized memory in Poland: anti-communism and the Holocaust

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Korycki, Kate Polticized memory in Poland: anti-communism and the Holocaust. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History. 2019: 351-376.  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/10.1080/17504902.2019.1567669