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Curating fields of memory. Reflections on "Forgotten Force. Polish Women in Second World War" project
Curating fields of memory. Reflections on "Forgotten Force. Polish Women in Second World War" project

Author(s): Olga Topol
Subject(s): Human Geography, Studies of Literature, Oral history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Migration Studies, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: oral history; identity; memory; displacement; curatorial practice
Summary/Abstract: During the Second World War hundreds of thousands of Poles were displaced because of the worldwide conflict. Many of those who lost their homes were women and children – after going through an ordeal of Soviet Gulags, they came to live in the United Kingdom. The paper follows an oral history project by the Piłsudski Institute of London which aimed to give voice to the women survivors who found themselves settling down in London after the war. This article demonstrates the practice of oral history, illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of the project by describing its multidisciplinary character.

  • Page Range: 197-220
  • Page Count: 24
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English