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By T. David Curp

A fresh Sweep? The Politics of Ethnic detoxification in Western Poland, 1945-1960 examines the long term effect of ethnic detoxification on postwar Poland, concentrating on the western Polish provinces of Poznan and Zielona G?ra. making use of archival fabrics from a number of assets, together with newly to be had mystery Police records, it demonstrates how ethnic detoxification solidified Communist rule within the brief time period whereas reshaping and "nationalizing" that rule. The Poles of Poznan performed a very important function within the postwar nationwide revolution during which Poland used to be ethnically cleansed by way of a joint attempt of the folk and kingdom. A ensuing nationwide cohesion supplied the Communist-dominated regime with an underlying balance, whereas it remodeled what have been a militantly internationalist Polish Communism. This publication addresses the legacy of Polish-German clash that ended in ethnic detoxification in East imperative Europe, the ramifications in the context of Polish Stalinism's social and cultural revolutions, and the following anti-national counterrevolutionary attempt to damage the bonds of nationwide cohesion. ultimately, it examines how the Poznan milieu undermined after which reversed Stalinist efforts at socioeconomic and cultural revolution. within the aftermath of the Poznan rebel of June 1956, the regime's management re-embraced hyper-nationalist politics and activists, and through 1960 Polish gurus had succeeded in stabilizing their rule on the expense of turning into an more and more nationwide socialist polity. T. David Curp is assistant professor within the division of historical past at Ohio college.

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These proved invaluable. qxd 9/5/2006 42 7:04 PM Page 42 A Clean Sweep? 37 The Poles of Poznań did more than just wait to receive benefits from the hands of their Soviet liberators. 38 This settlement at times took place in the midst of the Red Army’s advance and was often little different from the “szaber” or looting expeditions of Poles which soon swept all of the former eastern territories of Germany. This “primitive Communism” on the part of individual thieves and gangs of Soviet and Polish looters, and administrators (often one and the same) and settlers, also furthered the destruction of eastern Germany as a necessary prelude to the region’s ethnic cleansing.

36 In East Brandenburg, they numbered almost 10,000 people and were concentrated in several villages close to the border of Wielkopolska. The leadership of this community, centered in the town of Dąbrów Wielkopolska, organized a provisional Polish administration with the permission of the local Red Army commander. Even though they were only a tiny fraction of the prewar population of East Brandenburg, Polish officials and nationalist activists hailed these and other larger scattered settlements of autochthons in Silesia as a major argument for Polish claims to eastern Germany and examples of heroic Polish resistance to centuries of Germanization.

We were in Pressen in the Bad-Schandau Kreisse. I had endured a variety of persecutions in my work. There were some among us who maintained good relations. Yet I needed to get news and advice from someone. As the oldest, I took the lead, and always worked with with an Ensign E. Wasiak, who was a Poznaniak who . . helped me deal with various problems. We not only enjoyed authority among Poles, but the Germans turned to us to publicize their orders and also our French, Russian and Yugoslav colleagues looked to us.

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