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Politics of Power – The events of March’68 in Poland

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UCL SSEES, Masaryk Room, 4th floor, 16 Taviton St, London WC1H 0BW

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A Discussion of the March’68 events in Poland.

With Krystyna Naszkowska (journalist and writer), Joanna Helander (photographer and movie director) and Dr. Katarzyna Zechenter (UCL SSEES)

This event commemorates March’68 in Poland, when major student and intellectual protests against the communist government resulted in severe suppression of political freedoms in Poland. Concurrently, the government’s anti-Semitic campaign, then called ‘Anti-Zionist Campaign’, culminated in the forced migration of 13,000 Polish Jews, many of whom were offered asylum in Sweden, Denmark or the US.

Krystyna Naszkowska and Joanna Helander will talk about both the protests, and about March’68 as another loss for the last remnants of Poland’s pre-war Jewry, many of whom were reluctant to identify as Jews because they saw themselves as socialists. Naszkowska’s book, “Expelled to the Paradise” contains interviews with those forced to leave Poland. Helander, who left in 1971 for Sweden, is the director (with Bo Persson) of the film “Returns”, devoted to reconstructing the history of her Jewish family.

This event is organized by University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies and supported by a generous grant of Polonia Aid Foundation Trust and the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies.

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