Remembering Katyn

Etkind, Alexander and Finnin, Rory and Blacker, Uilleam and Fedor, Julie and Lewis, Simon and Malksoo, Maria and Mroz, Matilda (2012) Remembering Katyn. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 200 pp. ISBN 978-0-7456-5576-5. E-ISBN 978-0-7456-6296-1. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Katyn– the Soviet massacre of over 21,000 Polish prisoners in 1940 – has come to be remembered as Stalin’s emblematic mass murder, an event obscured by one of the most extensive cover-ups in history. Yet paradoxically, a majority of its victims perished far from the forest in western Russia that gives the tragedy its name. Their remains lie buried in killing fields throughout Russia, Ukraine and, most likely, Belarus. Today their ghosts haunt the cultural landscape of Eastern Europe. This book traces the legacy of Katyn through the interconnected memory cultures of seven countries: Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic States. It explores the meaning of Katyn as site and symbol, event and idea, fact and crypt. It shows how Katyn both incites nationalist sentiments in Eastern Europe and fosters an emerging cosmopolitan memory of Soviet terror. It also examines the strange impact of the 2010 plane crash that claimed the lives of Poland’s leaders en route to Katyn. Drawing on novels and films, debates and controversies, this book makes the case for a transnational study of cultural memory and navigates a contested past in a region that will define Europe’s future.

Item Type: Book
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Uncontrolled keywords: Katyn, Russia, Poland, USSR, Baltic states, Belarus, Wajda, Soviet massacre, cultural memory, memory politics, memory at war
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 14:08 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 10:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57049 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Malksoo, Maria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7110-2050
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