Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wroclaw during the Century of Expulsions

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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 ...

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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 settlers found themselves in a place that was not only unfamiliar to them but outright repellent given Wroclaw's Prussian-German appearance and the enormous scope of wartime destruction. The immediate consequences were an unstable society, an extremely high crime rate, rapid dilapidation of the building stock, and economic stagnation. This changed only after the city's authorities and a new intellectual elite provided Wroclaw with a Polish founding myth and reshaped the city's appearance to fit the postwar legend that it was an age-old Polish city. Thum also shows how the end of the Cold War and Poland's democratization triggered a public debate about Wroclaw's "amputated memory." Rediscovering the German past, Wroclaw's Poles reinvented their city for the second time since World War II.

Uprooted traces the complex historical process by which Wroclaw's new inhabitants revitalized their city and made it their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
[C]ritical yet empathetic account . . .
Canadian Journal of History - Andrew Demshuk
As a case study from 'the century of expulsions,' Thurn's monograph significantly contributes to uncovering how and why the complex ethnic patchwork of Europe was remade into ostensibly homogenous nation-states. Richly illustrated, well translated, and available at an affordable price, it will offer valuable insights to scholars and students alike and should prove useful in courses on ethnic cleansing, urban history, memory studies, the Twentieth Century, East Central Europe, and Modem Germany.
Urban History - Stephanie Rauch
Thum's thoroughly researched book makes a valuable contribution to an emerging field of study and sheds new light on the complex and sensitive issue of Polish-German relations, and the regional, national and cultural consequences of forced migrations over generations.
Journal of Modern History - William W. Hagen
Thum displays expert skills—and an engaging prose style—both as a political and social historian and as a practitioner of the cultural history of cities and their architectural landscape. . . . This book offers the most imaginative treatment of the western territories' Polonization now accessible in the English language. Its translation is smooth, and its production with many excellent illustrations does Princeton University Press credit. It is a work that helps to humanize the Polish-German borderlands in the aftermath of their most inhumane era.
American Historical Review - Padraic Kenney
Thum has written a compelling contribution to our understanding of the culture and politics of communist Poland.
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"As a case study from 'the century of expulsions,' Thurn's monograph significantly contributes to uncovering how and why the complex ethnic patchwork of Europe was remade into ostensibly homogenous nation-states. Richly illustrated, well translated, and available at an affordable price, it will offer valuable insights to scholars and students alike and should prove useful in courses on ethnic cleansing, urban history, memory studies, the Twentieth Century, East Central Europe, and Modem Germany."—Andrew Demshuk, Canadian Journal of History

"[C]ritical yet empathetic account . . ."—Choice

"Thum's thoroughly researched book makes a valuable contribution to an emerging field of study and sheds new light on the complex and sensitive issue of Polish-German relations, and the regional, national and cultural consequences of forced migrations over generations."—Stephanie Rauch, Urban History

"Thum displays expert skills—and an engaging prose style—both as a political and social historian and as a practitioner of the cultural history of cities and their architectural landscape. . . . This book offers the most imaginative treatment of the western territories' Polonization now accessible in the English language. Its translation is smooth, and its production with many excellent illustrations does Princeton University Press credit. It is a work that helps to humanize the Polish-German borderlands in the aftermath of their most inhumane era."—William W. Hagen, Journal of Modern History

"Thum has written a compelling contribution to our understanding of the culture and politics of communist Poland."—Padraic Kenney, American Historical Review

"Uprooted provides useful reminders of the ways in postwar Wroclaw was a 'normal' as well as an exceptional city. . . . Thum's book is a highly stimulating contribution to a range of discussions in history and the social sciences, as well as essential reading for those interested in the epic population transfers of mid-twentieth-century Central Europe."—James Bjork, European History Quarterly

"Undoubtedly, Thum's book is an important contribution to the field of European urban history, since Breslau-Wroclaw may be perceived as an ideal example of a European city. Thanks to its unique geopolitical position, situated at the crossroads of three countries—Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland—Wroclaw was exposed to various social, political, and cultural influences during its long history."—Radoslaw Misiarz, Polish Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691140247
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Gregor Thum is assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix A Note on Names xi Prologue A Dual Tragedy xiii The Destruction of Breslau xvii Poland's Shift to the West xxxi Introduction 1

PART ONE: The Postwar Era: Rupture and Survival Chapter One: Takeover 17
A Fait Accompli 17
The Mission of the Government Plenipotentiaries 20
"Noah's Ark" in Krakow 22
Poles and Russians-A Secret Hostility 29
Russians and Germans-An Unsettling Friendship 36
The Patriotic Reorganization of the Church 43

Chapter Two: Moving People 53
The Evacuation of the Germans 62 The Settlement of the Poles 65
The Resettlement Apparatus and the Migration of Peoples 74
Searching for Urban Settlers 89 The Ruralization of the City 98

Chapter Three: A Loss of Substance 105
Vandalism and the Great Fires 106
Soviet Dismantling 110
The "Szabrownicy" and the Black Market 118
Polish Dismantling 126
The Decay of Residential Housing 132

Chapter Four: Reconstruction 140
Wroc?aw between Provincial City and Bustling Metropolis 140
Momentum and Stagnation 143
Raising the Old Town from Its Ashes 153
1956 and a Changing Building Policy 160

PART TWO: The Politics of the Past: The City's Transformation Chapter Five The Impermanence Syndrome 171
An Alien Place 173
A Motley Society 178
The Capital of Poland's
"Wild West" 181 Sitting on Packed Suitcases 186

Chapter Six Propaganda as Necessity 190
The Tradition of Polish Western Thought (My?l Zachodnia) 191
Nationalism and Communism in the People's Republic 194
The Advocates of Western Thought 198
The Phases of Propaganda 207
Language Conventions 212
The Success of Propaganda and the Requirements of the Time 215

Chapter Seven: Mythicizing History 217
The Land of the Piasts 222 Wroc?aw's Eternal Ties to Poland 227
Prussia's Conquest and Wroc?aw's Decline 229
A Bastion of Polishness 232
From Friedrich II to Hitler: German Continuities 236
The Pioneers of 1945 240
Migrations 241

Chapter Eight Cleansing Memory 244
Polonization: Places, Streets, and People 244
De-Germanization: Inscriptions, Monuments, Cemeteries 266

Chapter Nine The Pillars of an Imagined Tradition 288
A New Coat of Arms 294
The Power of Old Monuments and the Placelessness of New Ones 297
The Noisy Silence of Local Historiography 310
The Ritual of Commemoration 317

Chapter Ten: Old Town, New Contexts 323
Warsaw as a Model 325
The Sacralization of the Gothic 329
The Toleration of the Baroque 348
The Anti-Prussian Reflex 360
Historic Buildings and Forced Migration 372

PART THREE: Prospects Chapter Eleven: Amputated Memory and the Turning Point of 1989 381
The City without a Memory 382 The Revolution in German-Polish Relations 385
The Fall of Communism and the Discovery of the Bourgeois City 393
Wroc?aw's Search for a New Local Identity 402

Appendix 1 List of Abbreviations 409
Appendix 2 Translations of Polish Institutions 411
Appendix 3 List of Polish and German Street Names 412
Notes 417
Sources and Literature 459
Map of Poland after the Westward Shift of 1945 494
Simplified Map of Wroc?aw Today 495
Index 497

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