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1968 in Poland – a discussion with Wlodek Goldkorn

Dates:
  • Mon 19 Mar 2018 19.00 - 21.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-03-19 19:00 2018-03-19 21:00 Europe/Paris 1968 in Poland – a discussion with Wlodek Goldkorn

This year Europe marks 50-year anniversary of student’s protests which took place across the continent. In the Eastern Bloc, they often aimed to criticize the communist regime. In Poland the protest came from the university circles against censorship and control over the intellectuals. That accompanied with deteriorating economic situation and strengthening control over the society by the police. The communist officials in Poland launched also an anti-Semitic campaign. The propaganda equated Jewish origins with Zionist sympathies and thus disloyalty to communist Poland. Prominent Jews, supposedly of Zionist beliefs, including academics, managers and journalists, lost their jobs. It is estimated that 15 000 Polish Jews left Poland after the March 1968, mostly highly educated and assimilated. Among them were such figures as Zygmunt Bauman, Leszek Kolakowski, Roman Polanski, Jan Gross, Bronislaw Baczko. Wlodek Goldkorn was also forced to leave Poland with his family in 1968. In Italy he has been a renowned journalist at the L’Espresso newspaper. Recently he has published a book Il bambino nella neve (‘A child in snow’). During the discussion we will talk about his personal experience of 1968 as a Pole and Jew and how has it affected his later life.

Seminar Room 3 - Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 3 - Badia Fiesolana

This year Europe marks 50-year anniversary of student’s protests which took place across the continent. In the Eastern Bloc, they often aimed to criticize the communist regime. In Poland the protest came from the university circles against censorship and control over the intellectuals. That accompanied with deteriorating economic situation and strengthening control over the society by the police. The communist officials in Poland launched also an anti-Semitic campaign. The propaganda equated Jewish origins with Zionist sympathies and thus disloyalty to communist Poland. Prominent Jews, supposedly of Zionist beliefs, including academics, managers and journalists, lost their jobs. It is estimated that 15 000 Polish Jews left Poland after the March 1968, mostly highly educated and assimilated. Among them were such figures as Zygmunt Bauman, Leszek Kolakowski, Roman Polanski, Jan Gross, Bronislaw Baczko. Wlodek Goldkorn was also forced to leave Poland with his family in 1968. In Italy he has been a renowned journalist at the L’Espresso newspaper. Recently he has published a book Il bambino nella neve (‘A child in snow’). During the discussion we will talk about his personal experience of 1968 as a Pole and Jew and how has it affected his later life.


Location:
Seminar Room 3 - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization
Department of Law

Type:
Working group

Organiser:
Elzbieta Kwiecinska (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Speaker:
Wlodek Goldkorn (L'Espresso)

Contact:
Agnieszka Monika Lempart (EUI - Department of Law) - Send a mail

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