The Stance of the Polish Intelligentsia Towards the Totalitarian Regimes: Resistance and Compromise - Instytut Pileckiego
30.05.2022 (Mon) 09:00
The Stance of the Polish Intelligentsia Towards the Totalitarian Regimes: Resistance and Compromise
The Pilecki Institute’s Center for Totalitarian Studies invites you to participate in the international scholarly conference, which will take place on 9–10 November 2022. The deadline for applications is 30 June!
From the first days of the Second World War, the Polish intelligentsia was subjected to a brutal campaign of planned extermination perpetrated by the Germans and the Soviets, which, although decimated, it somehow survived. Its resistance manifested itself not only in military struggle, but also in civic opposition. This leads to a host of research-related questions. How did the Polish intelligentsia plan and implement resistance? What were the forms of opposition or compromise? What were their limits? What was the role and
spectrum of activities undertaken by the intelligentsia in Nazi German concentration camps and Soviet labor camps? What aspects were crucial for its leaders? We will try to answer these and many other questions of key importance for modern Polish history during the IInd International Scholarly Conference “The Stance of the Polish Intelligentsia Towards the Totalitarian Regimes: Resistance and Compromise”, organized by the Center for Totalitarian Studies at the Pilecki Institute as part of a research and publishing project initiated by the Institute.
We would like to invite scholars from various disciplines whose research focuses on German and Soviet policy towards Poland, its intelligentsia and elites during and immediately after the Second World War.
• The intelligentsia’s resistance against the occupants
• The resistance and its leaders (aspects of civil, military and spiritual leadership)
• The participation of the intelligentsia in clandestine teaching
• The participation of the intelligentsia in the saving and hiding of Jews
• The participation of the intelligentsia in documenting war crimes
• Underground cultural life. The role of art under German and Soviet occupation
• The Polish Government-in-Exile and Representations of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the USSR
• The intelligentsia in the Polish Underground State
• The intelligentsia in the Warsaw Uprising
• The ethos of the Polish intelligentsia in the context of the catastrophe of the Second World War
• Forced labor (forms of sabotage)
• The resistance of the intelligentsia in Nazi German concentration camps and Soviet labor camps
• participation in the conference is free of charge
• the conference will be held at a specified physical location (in Warsaw)
• languages of the conference: Polish, English, Russian (simultaneous interpreting will be provided)
• time allocated for individual presentations: 20 minutes
• following the conference authors of selected papers will be invited to work on a topical study volume
• Applications should be made by filling in the attached form and emailing it to
• The deadline for applications is 30 June 2022
• Information regarding successful applications will be sent out no later than 10 July 2022
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