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 effect of ethnic detoxification on postwar Poland, targeting the western Polish provinces of Poznan and Zielona Góra. making use of archival fabrics from a number of resources, together with newly on hand mystery Police documents, it demonstrates how ethnic detoxing solidified Communist rule within the brief time period whereas reshaping and "nationalizing" that rule. The Poles of Poznan performed an important function within the postwar nationwide revolution during which Poland used to be ethnically cleansed by means of a joint attempt of the folk and kingdom. A ensuing nationwide unity supplied the Communist-dominated regime with an underlying balance, whereas it remodeled what were a militantly internationalist Polish Communism. This e-book addresses the legacy of Polish-German clash that resulted in ethnic detoxification in East valuable Europe, the ramifications in the context of Polish Stalinism's social and cultural revolutions, and the next anti-national counterrevolutionary attempt to wreck the bonds of nationwide unity. ultimately, 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 by means of 1960 Polish experts 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 collage.

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He related to us that Poland lies far to the West. 47 Yet for Łukasiewicz, and many other Poles who during and after the Second World War found themselves in eastern Germany and claimed to discern traces of Polishness there, these academic exercises helped conceptually prepare them for the transformations brought about by the collapse of Germany’s eastern imperial aspirations. In addition to these propaganda activities, in western Poland the National Democrats, the ZOKZ, and other nationalist groups used what political power they possessed in the 1920s and especially in the 1930s to harass the German minority.

Social strata and political parties that had once been friendly at best, and at worst indifferent to questions of Polish-German relations, began to imbibe freely the anti-Polish propaganda that had been brewing in the Polish-German borderlands of Prussia for over a generation. 38 Germans both inside and outside of Poland were also solidly behind Foreign Minister Stressemann’s initiation of a Polish-German tariff war. 39 Weimar Germany’s liberal leadership was convinced that Poland was a Saisonstaat that should be forced to bend to Germany’s demands for border revision.

It was German power that destroyed the Polish-German borderlands and Poznań to create a thoroughly Nazi and German Posen—and set the stage for the establishment of a purely Polish Poznań at war’s end. For the German Army and many Germans in the Reich and in Poznań, the war that opened with the shattering of the Polish state was fought from the beginning as a racial war and employed mass murder, cultural genocide, enslavement, and ethnic cleansing as ends in themselves. The Wehrmacht engaged in the large-scale shooting of Polish hostages, looting, and indiscriminate attacks on the Polish civilian population from the opening moments of the Polish-German war.

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