The Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena is an Institute of Advanced Studies, with a thematic focus on the history, culture and societies of twentieth-century Eastern Europe.
24. January 2022 - 16:00
The seminar will be held as a web-based discussion. Should you be interested in joining us, please send us a short message to Diana Joseph. We will…
by Lidia Zessin-Jurek
Images of refugees being trapped at the eastern Polish border have evoked memories of another time: in 1939, Polish Jews fleeing from Nazi occupied Poland eastwards were denied entry to the Soviet Union and were stuck right at the same place as people today, along the river Bug. Reflecting on the historical analogies that have been drawn in this context in Polish public debate, the article discusses their validity and usefulness in understanding similarities and difference of both past and present refugee crises.
Ágoston Berecz is a historian whose work focuses on the relationship between language and politics and the social history of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe.
Réka Krizmanics is a collaborating lecturer in the Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig.