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Local memories dismantled: reactions to de-communization in northern and western Poland

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Drawsko Pomorskie, October 2017: Inhabitants claiming "their tanks". Foto: nw

A new wave of de-communization has swept over Poland: streets and squares are re-named and monuments dismantled. In the cities and towns of northern and western Poland, that became Polish only after 1945, these measures are met with mixed feelings as they touch upon specific local memories of the post-war years. The article gives an insight into how local councils and citizens have struggled to comply with state history policy while also protect local historical identities.
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