Department of Germanic Studies

Viadrina Exchange Professor Lectures on Ethnic Issues

Fri, April 22, 2011
Viadrina Exchange Professor Lectures on Ethnic Issues
Ethnic Cleansing and Resettlement

Visiting Assistant Professor, Viadriana, Jan Musekamp, who is part of the on-going University of Texas at Austin - European University Viadrina academic exchange program, will present the topic of his book, Ethnic Cleansing and Resettlement: The Transformation of German Stettin into Polish Szczecin.

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?

The lecture will be on the University of Texas at Austin campus in Burdine Hall 337 at the Department of Germanic Studies. It will begin at 5:30 PM on April 28, 2011. This lecture is free and open to the public

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