A language that forgot itself

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Downloads (Pure)


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
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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


Dive into the research topics of 'A language that forgot itself'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this