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Presidents’ Day, Public Memory, and Public Forgetting

This week in my undergraduate colloquium on World War II in history and memory since 1945, which mainly focuses on the way the war has been thought and remembered in the U.S., we’re starting a brief unit on war memory in other countries.  First up is Poland, a country whose official memory of the war for most of the half century after 1945 systematically suppressed the experience of Soviet occupation of the Eastern half of interwar Poland in 1939 as well as the anti-Soviet elements of Polish resistance during the War. The tension in Communist Poland between official memory and Read more