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UprootedHow Breslau Became Wroclaw during the Century of Expulsions$
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Gregor Thum

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691140247

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691140247.001.0001

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Amputated Memory and the Turning Point of 1989

Amputated Memory and the Turning Point of 1989

(p.381) Chapter Eleven Amputated Memory and the Turning Point of 1989

Gregor Thum

, Tom Lampert, Allison Brown, W. Martin, Jasper Tilbury
Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses how the Polish state and the people who came to Wroclaw after the Second World War managed to rebuild and revive this city. Considering the situation at the end of the war—the devastation, the complete collapse of the previous order, the evacuation of its entire population—this achievement borders on a miracle. If that were not enough, after overcoming its tremendous postwar challenges Wroclaw has gone on to become more than simply a functioning Polish city. The secret capital of the western territories ranks next to Warsaw and Krakow as one of Poland's leading cultural metropolises. Furthermore, Wroclaw's cultural life extends beyond the reach of direct state sponsorship. The chapter also shows how, in the 1980s, Polish inhabitants of the western territories began to show a growing interest in the silenced history of their homeland.

Keywords:   Polish state, Wroclaw, postwar challenges, western territories, Warsaw, Krakow, cultural life

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