How does one get used to living in a house that had belonged to people who were deported? How does it feel to wear the dress of your murdered neighbour? What happens when half of the community vanishes overnight? Is it easier to cope if the process of destruction takes longer?
In the immediate postwar period, many places in Europe (and East-Central Europe in particular) were left to deal with a substantial void in various areas of society: the economy, professional and social roles, everyday culture and tradition. Emptied households, towns and workshops were filled with other, resettled nationalities who took over new social roles, inhabited foreign cultural landscapes and normalized living in previously unfamiliar parts of the world.
The workshop focuses on the social, economic and cultural consequences of the ethnic cleansing and forced resettlements in Europe during and immediately after World War II. The goal is to gather researchers working on various geographical and historical contexts to develop a common theoretical and methodological framework for researching transnational post-war phenomena.
The workshop is organized by the Institute of Sociology and Philosophy of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw), in cooperation with the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. Under the patronage of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Venues: German Historical Institute Warsaw / Palais Staszic