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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared$
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François Guesnet, Howard Lupovitch, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764715

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764715.001.0001

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‘Non-Remembering’ the Holocaust in Hungary and Poland

‘Non-Remembering’ the Holocaust in Hungary and Poland

(p.471) ‘Non-Remembering’ the Holocaust in Hungary and Poland
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31

Andrea Pető

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the 'non-remembering' of the Holocaust in Hungary and Poland. Non-remembering is a conscious process of forgetting and replacing painful memories with less painful ones. The chapter argues that the two strategies of non-remembering — substituting one historical narrative with another and resisting remembering the murdered Hungarian citizens in 1944 — are intertwined. They are both connected to a language problem in Holocaust remembrance. The chapter uses three examples to prove this point: a Polish film, a Hungarian teaching exercise, and a local research project. The Polish film Pokłosie (Aftermath, 2012), which was directed by Władysław Pasikowski, discusses the guilt of Polish peasants for the murder of the Jewish inhabitants of the village in 1939. Meanwhile, the Vitrin Project of Anthropolis Egyesület, a Hungarian cultural association, uses visual anthropology in primary and secondary school teaching, taking as its point of departure the idea that history should be linked with an object or a specific person, through which emotions can be evoked and experienced. Finally, the chapter looks at how librarian Péter Tóth organized a remembrance walk to commemorate the deportation of the nine Jewish citizens in Cserépfalu.

Keywords:   non-remembering, Holocaust, Hungary, Poland, Holocaust remembrance, Pokłosie, Vitrin Project, Hungarian Jewish citizens

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