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Controversial Chapters: Polish-German history texbook


PennBoy 76 | 2,438    
21 Jun 2011  #1
The history of German-Polish relations is full of suffering and mutual recriminations. Experts from both countries have been developing a history textbook meant to teach high-school students on both sides of the border a common narrative. But critics view the effort as destined to fail.

spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,759740,00.html



Bratwurst Boy 5 | 9,957    
21 Jun 2011  #2
...One point on which conflict has repeatedly flared up involves the insistence of the Polish representatives that the word "expulsion" not be used to describe the forced flight of millions of Germans as World War II ended and after national borders had been redrawn"...

Fighting about words!
A sure sign that such a book is to early....it will need some more decades of reconciliation to write such a joint history, agreed on both sides.

Germans and France are able to now, with Germany and Poland it will take awhile longer.
Sokrates 8 | 3,348    
21 Jun 2011  #3
Too early, Germans still feel Poles are inferior and Poles still find Germans a bunch of Nazis, it'll take another 50 years for such a book to come out.

Germans and France are able to now, with Germany and Poland it will take awhile longer.

Aye but Paris is still standing no? The rift is too deep, it'll take at least two centuries to heal completely.
RobertLee 4 | 73    
21 Jun 2011  #4
Fighting about words!

Good initiative. It should have been done long time ago.

Students graduating from German schools are illiterate when it comes to Eastern Europe

I once met a German teenager interested in WWII who mistook Warsaw Uprising with the defence of Polish post office in Gdańsk.
sascha 1 | 830    
21 Jun 2011  #5
Too early, Germans still feel Poles are inferior and Poles still find Germans a bunch of Nazis, it'll take another 50 years for such a book to come out.

you name it. with whom germany doesn't have a 'rift'?

nice try, but who knows which generation will actually have a benefit from this.
Marynka11 4 | 675    
21 Jun 2011  #6
I once met a German teenager interested in WWII who mistook Warsaw Uprising with the defence of Polish post office in Gdańsk.

Gerhard Schröder came to Poland in the 90ties and he confused Warsaw uprising and the uprising in Warsaw ghetto in some official apologizing speech.
Mr Grunwald 19 | 1,544    
21 Jun 2011  #7
atleast he talked about it...
and he went to Warsaw! :)
delphiandomine 85 | 17,634    
22 Jun 2011  #8
The history of German-Polish relations is full of suffering and mutual recriminations.

Spiegel would say that.

If they can manage to do it, it'll be huge. It should be taught as common history, which it is - and the book should pull no punches.

The problem, of course, is that there is no common narrative. Germans would never admit that Frankfurt (Oder) was a nasty place to be a Pole in the early 1990's (many, many cases of Polish people being beaten up there) - nor would Poles admit that they actually enjoyed the "sealed" border with Germany.


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