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Rethinking History, Reframing Identity / von Alexandra Wangler


This book contributes to the theoretical and methodological discussion about the role of the different experiences of generations and their historical memories for the process of national identity. By drawing on the Ukrainian minority in northern Poland and their narratives about the collective trauma of 'Action Vistula,' where in 1947 about 140,000 Ukrainians were resettled from south-eastern Poland and relocated to the north-western areas, the study shows how the national identity of three generations is affected by their particular experiences and world views. Despite the intergenerational transmission of cultural values, traditions and history the three generations vary considerably with regard to their understandings of home, integration, history and religion.