A Clean Sweep?: The Politics of Ethnic Cleansing in Western by T. David Curp

By T. David Curp

A fresh Sweep? The Politics of Ethnic detoxing in Western Poland, 1945-1960 examines the long term effect of ethnic detoxing on postwar Poland, concentrating on the western Polish provinces of Poznan and Zielona G?ra. using archival fabrics from a number of resources, together with newly on hand mystery Police documents, it demonstrates how ethnic detoxification solidified Communist rule within the brief time period whereas reshaping and "nationalizing" that rule. The Poles of Poznan performed a vital position within the postwar nationwide revolution within which Poland was once ethnically cleansed via a joint attempt of the folks and kingdom. A ensuing nationwide team spirit supplied the Communist-dominated regime with an underlying balance, whereas it reworked what were a militantly internationalist Polish Communism. This ebook addresses the legacy of Polish-German clash that ended in ethnic detoxing in East critical Europe, the ramifications in the context of Polish Stalinism's social and cultural revolutions, and the next anti-national counterrevolutionary attempt to damage the bonds of nationwide unity. eventually, it examines how the Poznan milieu undermined after which reversed Stalinist efforts at socioeconomic and cultural revolution. within the aftermath of the Poznan insurrection of June 1956, the regime's management re-embraced hyper-nationalist politics and activists, and through 1960 Polish professionals had succeeded in stabilizing their rule on the price of turning into an more and more nationwide socialist polity. T. David Curp is assistant professor within the division of background at Ohio college.

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Qxd 9/5/2006 22 7:04 PM Page 22 A Clean Sweep? )43 The ZOKZ was an offshoot of early efforts by National Democrats and other Poznaniaks to support the Silesian uprisings. 45 These groups worked with mixed success to expand antiGerman feeling throughout the country, but enjoyed a great deal of influence in the Polish-German borderlands and among educators and intellectuals in interwar Poland. Although their efforts to mold politics enjoyed at best only local success, National Democratic intellectuals played a major role in shaping cultural and intellectual life in the interwar period.

There were some among us who maintained good relations. Yet I needed to get news and advice from someone. As the oldest, I took the lead, and always worked with with an Ensign E. Wasiak, who was a Poznaniak who . . helped me deal with various problems. We not only enjoyed authority among Poles, but the Germans turned to us to publicize their orders and also our French, Russian and Yugoslav colleagues looked to us. With trust they heard our recommendations. And then we realized how stupid we Poles were.

Several of us thoroughly understood German and listed to how the SS men explained to the German children that we were the families of Polish bandits and the allies of Bolshevik Communists of the east, from where we were taken and where we were murdering their own fathers and brothers. Now they are our slaves and you are their masters and they must work for you and your children. Such was the hatred inculcated among the younger German generation, so that from their youth they would feel hatred for the Polish people and other peoples, who tried to resist Hitlerite aggression.

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