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 detoxification in Western Poland, 1945-1960 examines the long term influence of ethnic detoxing on postwar Poland, concentrating on the western Polish provinces of Poznan and Zielona G?ra. utilising archival fabrics from a number of resources, together with newly on hand mystery Police information, 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 very important function within the postwar nationwide revolution during which Poland was once ethnically cleansed via a joint attempt of the folks and country. A ensuing nationwide harmony supplied the Communist-dominated regime with an underlying balance, whereas it reworked what were a militantly internationalist Polish Communism. This publication addresses the legacy of Polish-German clash that resulted in ethnic detoxification in East important 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 team spirit. ultimately, it examines how the Poznan milieu undermined after which reversed Stalinist efforts at socioeconomic and cultural revolution. within the aftermath of the Poznan rebellion of June 1956, the regime's management re-embraced hyper-nationalist politics and activists, and through 1960 Polish specialists had succeeded in stabilizing their rule on the price of changing into an more and more nationwide socialist polity. T. David Curp is assistant professor within the division of background at Ohio collage.

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Yet eastern Poland, where almost half a million Poznaniak exiles resided, was where the party-state would lay the groundwork for cooperation with significant elements of Poznaniak society and develop a program and alliances that ended its political isolation and allowed it to be accepted as a legitimate force in Polish politics. This began when members of Ojczyzna and the Western Bureau of the Home Army established contacts with the PKWN in the fall of 1944. The effectiveness and scale of repression in Poznań precluded Poles there from organizing a large-scale resistance like that which the AK operated in areas of Poland not annexed to the Reich.

I have to mention a detail from my life which will illustrate this. I was still a captive. We were in Pressen in the Bad-Schandau Kreisse. I had endured a variety of persecutions in my work. 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.

49 In this environment, the ZOKZ and the anti-German Polish administration added more fuel to a fire that was already burning quite hot. 51 The statement itself was not entirely accurate, since German Social Democrats in Łódź, many German Catholics in Upper Silesia, and a handful of other groups resisted conforming to the new regime in Germany. Yet the almost universal perception by Poles that the overwhelming majority of Poland’s Germans voluntarily embraced Nazi politics and culture deepened Polish hostility.

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