Historie – Otázky – Problémy

Polish view of the Second World War. Struggle for memory. Between objectivism, myth and attempts at instrumentalization


Abstract: The debate concerning the course and consequences of WWII is far from being over in Poland. It is not only the subject of historical research but also of political instrumentalization. It is especially due to the fact that in the end of the thirties of the 20th century Poland fell victim to two totalitarian regimes at the same time. The study observes the different interpretations offered today and identifies the challenges of teaching them to students, which may be summarized as follows: providing reliable information, not avoiding sensitive and complex issues, informing on different evaluation of the events, unveiling manipulators who use history only to reach their immediate goals without being truly interested in it.

Key words: holocaust, Polish resistance, Katyń, Jedwabne, victim, culprit

Dr hab. Michal Jarnecki vyučuje na Pedagogicko-filozofické fakultě Univerzity Adama Mickiewicze v Poznani. Jeho badatelským tématem jsou dějiny správy a politická hsitorie pohraničních regionů střední Evropy v první polovině 20. století (jarnecki@amu.edu.pl)