This year, we celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II. Debates about the war’s consequences for Central Europe have until now focused on the social, political and economic changes occurring during the war, on the one hand, and the origins of the communist bloc in that part of Europe, on the other. This presentation aims to show the importance of the broader psycho-social consequences of the war, which extended far beyond the political dimension. It seeks to answer the question what were the sources, symptoms and the cultural consequences of the war trauma for Polish society?
Marcin Zaremba is Professor of History at the University of Warsaw. In 2012 he published a book titled: “Great Anxiety. Poland 1944-1947. People’s response to the crisis” / “Wielka Trwoga. Polska 1944-1947. Ludowa reakcja na kryzys”. Now he is working on the origins of solidarity revolution. Currently he is a Bronisław Geremek Visiting Fellow at the IWM.