Historical Memory and the Commemoration of World War II in Poland

Presented by:  Daemen College History Students

Dr. Andrew Kier Wise( Associate Professor of History and Chair, History and Political Science Department, Daemen College) led a group of five students from Daemen College to Poland in July 2013. The students participants were Kaleigh Ratliff, Caitlyn Ebert, Tyler Vanice, Elizabeth White, and Chelsea Sieczkarek. The presentation for the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo focuses on historical memory as seen in wartime memorials and related sites in three cities in Poland - Warszawa, Krakow and Przemysl - and to some extent in Lviv, Ukraine.

Students visited museums, monuments, and other sites that reflect the remembrance and commemoration of the war in Polish society. Students taking part in this project analyzed exhibits at several major museums and historic sites, as well as other wartime commemorations that they encountered in churches, parts, and other public venues.

Students also engaged in service learning work related to the war's legacy in the form of restoration and mapping of graves in the Jewish cemetery in Przemysl. In conjunction with course work and related lectures and reading, these experiences informed their understanding of the commemoration of Work War II in Poland.

The meeting will be held at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Snyder, and it will begin at 7:30 PM. Admission is free for members and a $5 donation is requested of non-members.

Date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Location: 
Harlem Community Center