The Role of Polish Intellectuals in the Process of Reconciliation with Germany. Lessons for Korea

15 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2018

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Tomasz Kaminski

University of Lodz - Faculty of International and Political Studies

Marcin Frenkel

University of Lodz

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The experience of World War II (WWII) and its aftermath resulted in an unprecedented common hostility towards the Germans in the Polish society. In 1945 a Polish-German reconciliation seemed improbable. However, the process started quite quickly and became an interesting case of mental evolution of feud societies. The aim of this paper is to analyze the role of Polish intellectuals, which seems to be crucial for this process, in order to find some lessons to be learned in the context of North and South Korea division. We believe that deep understanding of factors standing behind the great success of Polish-German reconciliation may be useful when thinking about future reunification of the two Koreas. On the one hand we are aware that nothing can be directly transferred in such distant cases, but on the other hand we believe that Polish-German example may be a source of inspiration and a “food for thought”.

Keywords: German-Polish relations, Korea, Polish intellectuals

Suggested Citation

Kaminski, Tomasz and Frenkel, Marcin, The Role of Polish Intellectuals in the Process of Reconciliation with Germany. Lessons for Korea (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3278364 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3278364

Tomasz Kaminski (Contact Author)

University of Lodz - Faculty of International and Political Studies ( email )

Ulica Prezydenta Gabriela
Narutowicza 65 str.
Lodz, 90-131
Poland

Marcin Frenkel

University of Lodz ( email )

Ulica Prezydenta Gabriela
Narutowicza 65 str.
Lodz, 90-131
Poland

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