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Das Jahr 1945 in der polnischen Geschichte. Ein Essay von 1985

Czesław Madajczyk

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The Year 1945 in Polish History

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This article deals with the significance of the Second World War for Poland from the perspective of the year 1985. The author evaluates events in Poland during the German occupation and the immediate postwar years. Despite enormous losses, Poland was able to exit the war on the winning side. However, from Madajczyk’s perspective, its role has not been duly appreciated. The author also emphasizes the role of the Soviet Union in the war against the Third Reich and its contribution to the design of postwar Poland. The main consequences of the Second World War for Poland were: a high number of casualties, destruction, territorial changes through Poland’s “westward shift”, and changes in the population’s ethnic composition. Postwar Poland became a homogenous nation state and was ruled by a communist regime.

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Bibliographie: Madajczyk, Czesław: Das Jahr 1945 in der polnischen Geschichte. Ein Essay von 1985, JB historie, 1-2016, S. 324-339. https://doi.org/10.3224/jbh.v8-9i1.28

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