20/11 Ways to Occupy Poland. Habsburgs-Hohenzollerns-Hitler. Lecture by Prof. Stephan Lehnstaedt


The Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies
hereby extends an invitation to:

Ways to Occupy Poland
Habsburgs / Hohenzollerns / Hitler

lecture by Prof. Stephan Lehnstaedt (Touro College Berlin)

Followed by the discussion featuring:
Prof. Wanda Jarząbek – Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN
Dr. Christhardt Henschel – Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau


20 November 2017 / 6 PM /
Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies Foksal 17, 3rd floor, Warsaw

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In the Polish history the twentieth century can be legitimately dubbed „a century of occupation”. The partitions, the First-World-War foreign administration, the Nazi-German genocidal occupation, and the period of Soviet domination they all represent various faces of the same set of practices: deprivation of sovereign rule and exploitation of a nation. However, „occupation” as a phenomenon is context-contingent and, drawing on specific policies employed by occupying powers, takes different forms, follows diverse ideologies, and applies an array of methods and bureaucratic frameworks. In other words, there have been many ways to control and administer the subjected Polish territories.

On November 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies features a lecture by Dr Stephan Lehnstaedt (Professor for Holocaust Studies and Jewish Studies, Touro College Berlin), followed by a roundtable with Prof. Wanda Jarząbek (ISP PAN) and Dr Christhardt Henschel (DHI), to discuss in a comparative perspective three imperial occupations of Poland during the World Wars. Building on his recent research, Dr Lehnstaedt will offer a 30-minute introduction to the German and Austria-Hungarian administration policies in the Polish lands in 1914-1918, focusing on identifying (dis)similarities in their approaches as well as seeking potential (dis)continuities with occupational routines exerted by Nazi-Germany in 1939-1945.

By discussing and elaborating Dr Lehnstaedt’s findings and interpretations, the roundtable speakers will bring to the picture their diverse perspectives on the Polish historical and social experience of occupation in the first half of the twentieth century.


30 October: ‚Applied’ Communism After a Hundred Years. (Un)Learned Lessons for Humankind

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The Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies
hereby extends an invitation to an international debate entitled:

‚Applied’ Communism After a Hundred Years

(Un)Learned Lessons for Humankind

30 October 2017 / 6 PM /
Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw, Sala Kolumnowa, Krakowskie Przedmieście Street 26/28

The debate will be held in English and will feature the following speakers:

Prof. Igor Cașu (State University of Moldova)
Prof. Pablo Perez Lopez (Universidad de Navarra)
Prof. Gonzalo Larios Mengotti (Universidad Gabriela Mistral)
Prof. Alexandra Richie (Collegium Civitas)
Prof. Wojciech Roszkowski  (Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

The discussion will be chaired by the Program Director of the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies, Dr. Wojciech Kozłowski.

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