The Annaberg as a German-Polish Lieu de Memoire

James Bjork, Robert Gerwarth

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This essay analyses a fiercely contested transnational lieu de mémoire in twentieth-century Polish—German history: the Annaberg. Historiography has thus far largely neglected the role played by this `holy mountain' of Upper Silesia, a symbol that has stood at the heart of a number of competing identity-forging narratives. The competition over the Annaberg as a site for multiple collective memories occurred on three distinct but often overlapping levels: first between nation-states, secondly between ideological camps, and thirdly between national- and local-level actors. Drawing on a substantial body of primary sources, this article contributes both to the scholarly investigation of a political myth that cast a long shadow over German—Polish relations and to the growing academic interest in transnational `realms of memory'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372 - 400
Number of pages29
JournalGerman History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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