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From displaced memories to rediscover. The memory culture of the west- and northpolish provincial towns Labes and Flatow since 1945. A comparative study

Katarzyna Woniak

Abstract

This dissertation aimed the analysis of local memory-cultures after the Second World War of two now Polish small provincial towns, which have different historical traditions and administrative backgrounds. Through analyzing of the five figures of memory myth, ritual, monument, street naming and historiography in Labes and Flatow it was possible to come to the conclusion that the local differences in the memory cultures exist. Labes had to write its history completely new after the exchange of the entire population after 1945 because of the missing knowledge broadcaster, which could guarantee the historical continuity. However Flatow, a border town with a nationalistic engaged Polish minority, could continue with its local historical traditions after it was reincorporated within the Polish republic after 1945 and therefore remember the relevant characteristics for its space – related identity. The differences in the local memory of both towns became even clearer after the political change in 1989/90. With great engagement Labes started searching for aspects in its German historical elements, which were eliminated in times of autocratic authority, and donated several places of remembrance related to that part of its history. Flatow however did not look for its quest of identity. Indeed this past border town tied in its German and Jewish past consciously after 1990, but the focus of the Polish history is in front of the local memory culture. This should be made clear, that the endogen aspects, as for example the structure of the population, thereby the existence of Polish autochthons in Flatow, play a significant part for the quality of the exposure to the own history and are responsible for the spatialised contrasting of the memory cultures.
Record ID
UAM9fe7c1e7300343569ea37a12efc5501f
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Katarzyna Woniak (FoH) Katarzyna Woniak,,
Title in Polish
Od „wypierania” po „ponowne odkrywanie”. Kultury pamięci w miasteczkach północno-zachodniej Polski: Łobez i Złotów po drugiej wojnie światowej. Studium porównawcze
Title in English
From displaced memories to rediscover. The memory culture of the west- and northpolish provincial towns Labes and Flatow since 1945. A comparative study
Title in other language
Von Verdrängen bis Wiederentdecken. Die Erinnerungskulturen in den west- und nordpolnischen Kleinstädten Labes und Flatow seit 1945. Eine vergleichende Studie
Language
de German
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
history / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.3 history
Defense Date
12-11-2012
Title date
12-11-2012
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/3705 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Memory, Lokal identity, Provincial town
Abstract in English
This dissertation aimed the analysis of local memory-cultures after the Second World War of two now Polish small provincial towns, which have different historical traditions and administrative backgrounds. Through analyzing of the five figures of memory myth, ritual, monument, street naming and historiography in Labes and Flatow it was possible to come to the conclusion that the local differences in the memory cultures exist. Labes had to write its history completely new after the exchange of the entire population after 1945 because of the missing knowledge broadcaster, which could guarantee the historical continuity. However Flatow, a border town with a nationalistic engaged Polish minority, could continue with its local historical traditions after it was reincorporated within the Polish republic after 1945 and therefore remember the relevant characteristics for its space – related identity. The differences in the local memory of both towns became even clearer after the political change in 1989/90. With great engagement Labes started searching for aspects in its German historical elements, which were eliminated in times of autocratic authority, and donated several places of remembrance related to that part of its history. Flatow however did not look for its quest of identity. Indeed this past border town tied in its German and Jewish past consciously after 1990, but the focus of the Polish history is in front of the local memory culture. This should be made clear, that the endogen aspects, as for example the structure of the population, thereby the existence of Polish autochthons in Flatow, play a significant part for the quality of the exposure to the own history and are responsible for the spatialised contrasting of the memory cultures.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM9fe7c1e7300343569ea37a12efc5501f/

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