Journal Article

The Annaberg as a German—Polish <i>Lieu de Mémoire</i>

James Bjork and Robert Gerwarth

in German History

Published on behalf of German History Society

Volume 25, issue 3, pages 372-400
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 0266-3554
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-089X | DOI:
The Annaberg as a German—Polish Lieu de Mémoire

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This essay analyses a fiercely contested transnational lieu de mémoire in twentieth-century Polish—German history: the Annaberg. Historiography has thus far largely neglected the role played by this ‘holy mountain’ of Upper Silesia, a symbol that has stood at the heart of a number of competing identity-forging narratives. The competition over the Annaberg as a site for multiple collective memories occurred on three distinct but often overlapping levels: first between nation-states, secondly between ideological camps, and thirdly between national- and local-level actors. Drawing on a substantial body of primary sources, this article contributes both to the scholarly investigation of a political myth that cast a long shadow over German—Polish relations and to the growing academic interest in transnational ‘realms of memory’.

Keywords: Germany; Poland; Silesia (Upper); memory; pilgrimage; nationalism; religion/Catholicism

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Subjects: European History

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