A language that forgot itself

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Abstract

In this essay, as a background, I reflect on how the German language was liquidated in post-1945 Poland’s region of Upper Silesia where nowadays the country’s German minority is concentrated. But the main focus is on the irony that neither this language, nor a genuine German minority education system has been revived during the last quarter of a century that has elapsed since the fall of communism in 1989, despite promises to the contrary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalJournal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
Volume13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Poland
  • German minority
  • German language
  • Polonization
  • Upper Silesia
  • De-Germanization

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