by Gregor Thum
The voices of Poles and Germans from the past come alive, as Thum purposefully and carefully makes use of memoirs, diaries, and archival sources to reconstruct the fascinating early postwar history of Breslau/Wroclaw. – Norman Naimark, author of Stalin’s Genocides
The Polish city of Wroclaw is home to an “amputated memory.” Named Breslau and inhabited by ethnic Germans before the end of the Second World War, Wroclaw was once known for its Prussian-German architecture and culture. However, at the end of World War II, this part of Wroclaw’s history was largely erased, as the German population was evicted and replaced by Poles. Gregor Thum’s account examines the struggles faced by both sides—the expelled Germans, facing the physical and psychological trauma of relocation, and the incoming Poles, settling in a city that was strikingly unfamiliar, culturally German, and moreover, devastated by war.
Princeton University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-691-15291-2