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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 10/03/2010

Reporter biography sheds light on Poland's past

Artur Domosławski's new biography on Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński puts a dent in the myth surrounding the reporter and raises once more the question of how the country should deal with its communist past. More like Germany deals with its past, the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung suggests: "The Kapuściński biography has caused controversy not just because it divests a celebrated and internationally renowned author of his heroic status but also because it is in sum directed against strict condemnation of the so-called communist regime. ... The discussion about the biography fits in with the debate that has been going on for years about how to assess the old regime and above all about how the history of the Polish people should and could be written. ... An in-between is lacking, such as a tribute to the thousands of dissidents who took part in the Solidarność movement and ultimately brought about the change of system. ... Not a few look with envious eyes to Germany, where the dissidents of the GDR and the demonstrations of 1989 - which although relatively modest compared to what happened in Poland - are nonetheless constantly being honoured."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 15/02/2008

Karol Sauerland on Polish anti-Semitism in 1968

Karol Sauerland recalls how the regime in Poland responded to student protests in 1968 by trying to whip up anti-Semitism. "Almost all Polish Jews who had survived the Holocaust and not emigrated straight after the war left the country ... during this period. They left from Gdansk station in Warsaw for Vienna, from where they went on to Israel, the United States or the Federal Republic of Germany. At the time this station was known as the 'transit point.' It was not the way to death, thank goodness, but hardly anyone would have decided to emigrate voluntarily. ... Personally I would compare that exodus of leading minds and of many talented young people (among them, by the way, Jan Tomasz Gross, who sparked off controversial debates with his book about Jedwabne and more recently with his study of post-war anti-Semitism in Poland) with the year 1933 in Germany. ... And hardly anyone who left Poland came back twenty-one years later, in 1989, to reclaim his lost post."

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