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The 1968 "Anti-Zionist Campaign" in Poland and its Echoes Today

The Polish Studies Center is pleased to annouce the 6th annual Timothy Wiles Memorial Lecture in Polish Studies. Co-sponsored by the Borns JSP

Professor Dariusz Stola, Director, Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Professor, Institute for Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
4:00 pm
University Club Presidents' Room, Indiana Memorial Union 1st Floor

In March 1968, in reaction to a student rebellion, the communist government of Poland launched a noisy propaganda campaign against the alleged Zionists, who were accused of a conspiracy to undermine socialist Poland. The campaign of slander, harassment, and persecution forced half of Poland’s Jews into exile and deeply affected the life of those who remained. For the fiftieth anniversary of the events ,the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw prepared an exhibition, which coincided with a stormy debate on the recent “Holocaust defamation law,” bringing mass attention to the program and opening a controversy on the responsibility for the campaign of 1968. Prof. Stola will present the events of 1968 and key themes of the recent controversy, putting it in a longer perspective of Polish debates on Polish-Jewish past.

Dariusz Stola is a historian, director of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews and professor at the Institute for Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. He has authored six and co-edited four books, and published more than a hundred scholarly articles on the political and social history of Poland in the 20th century, the Holocaust, international migrations and the communist regime. 

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact polish@indiana.edu.