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Author Thum, Gregor, 1967-

Title Uprooted : how Breslau became Wrocław during the century of expulsions / Gregor Thum ; translated from the German by Tom Lampert and Allison Brown ; translation of Polish sources by W. Martin and Jasper Tilbury
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xl, 508 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents A note on names -- Prologue: A dual tragedy -- The destruction of Breslau -- Poland's shift to the west -- pt. 1. The postwar era : rupture and survival -- Takeover -- Moving people -- A loss of substance -- Reconstruction -- pt. 2. The politics of the past : the city's transformation -- The impermanence syndrome -- Propaganda as necessity -- Mythicizing history -- Cleansing memory -- The pillars of an imagined tradition -- Old town, new contexts -- pt. 3. Prospects -- Amputated memory and the turning point of 1989 -- Appendix 1: List of abbrevations -- Appendix 2: Translations of Polish institutions -- Appendix 3: List of Polish and German street names
Summary With the stroke of a pen at the Potsdam Conference following the Allied victory in 1945, Breslau, the largest German city east of Berlin, became the Polish city of Wroclaw. Its more than six hundred thousand inhabitants--almost all of them ethnic Germans--were expelled and replaced by Polish settlers from all parts of prewar Poland. Uprooted examines the long-term psychological and cultural consequences of forced migration in twentieth-century Europe through the experiences of Wroclaw's Polish inhabitants. In this pioneering work, Gregor Thum tells the story of how the city's new Polish settle
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject City and town life -- Poland -- Wrocław -- History -- 20th century.
Collective memory -- Poland -- Wrocław -- History -- 20th century.
Forced migration -- Poland -- Wrocław -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- Poland -- Wrocław -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Deportations from Poland.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Influence.
Oder-Neisse Line (Germany and Poland)
Wrocław (Poland) -- History -- 20th century.
Wrocław (Poland) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400839963 (electronic bk.)
9781400839964 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Fremde Stadt. English