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Peter Hess, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Ethnic Cleansing and Resettlement: The Transformation of German Stettin into Polish Szczecin

Thu, April 28, 2011 • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM • Burdine Hall 337



Jan Musekamp - European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

In 1945, the harbor city of Szczecin, just 95 miles northeast of Berlin, was taken over by Poland. With the remaining Germans expelled, a new Polish population poured into the city. The lecture presents the new inhabitants’ strategies to make Szczecin their home: How did they deal with cultural artifacts left by the Germans? What historical nar-ratives were invented to prove the historical rights of Poland to the city? Was there some interaction between the former German and the new Polish inhabitants? How did the Szczecinians’ identity change after 1989?

Sponsored by: The Department of Germanic Studies

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