Red Army monuments in Poland from creation to destruction
A Review of: Dominika Czarnecka, ‘Monuments in Gratitude’ to the Red Army in Communist and Post-Communist Poland, trans. Julita Mastalerz. Paris / Budapest: L’Harmattan, 2021. 724 pp. ISBN 978-2-343-22941-6.
Dominika Czarnecka’s voluminous book about monuments in gratitude to the Red Army in Poland stands out both in its scope and in the level of historical detail she lays out. Other compendia tend to proceed phenomenologically, starting from extant monuments in their present-day shape. Czarnecka relies on a plethora of Polish archival sources, in addition to published materials, to present a meticulous account of the construction and subsequent uses of the most prominent type of Red Army monument found in Poland.
war memorials; Soviet Union; Red Army; Second World War; Poland
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