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By Deborah Cahalen Schneider

The Góral ethnic id has been on the heart of political machinations in Poland for hundreds of years. The past due Pope John Paul II, for instance, used to be a Góral. this can be the 1st book-length research of the Góral id and one of many few reviews in English to debate Górals. via own interviews, neighborhood manuscripts, and educational histories of the quarter, writer Deborah Cahalen Schneider exhibits how vital the Góral id has been to Poland’s background. The clash over the Góral id in the neighborhood of Zywiec, Poland serves as a lens wherein Schneider perspectives nationwide id concerns and sophistication clash in Poland at huge. The Góral id not just gave this group a feeling of togetherness below the Habsburg Empire, but in addition was once a logo of Polish identification for Polish nationalists in the course of that point. Schneider indicates how the Góral id has spanned the increase and, arguably, the autumn of nationalism because the fundamental discourse of political id within the post—Cold warfare, ecu Union—dominated jap Europe.

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Ambassador to Poland Thomas Simons Jr. (1993) describes the effects of the ideology around these skirmishes in the Góral region more than a decade later: In the Tatras there was one commander nicknamed “Fire,” Ogien´, who had fought the Germans and continued fighting the Communists long after the war had ended, into the 1950s. He was supplied by the people in the valley villages, whence young men came to join him. A week after I went to Poland in 1968 five Warsaw Pact countries, including Poland, invaded Czechoslovakia.

This border region contained numerous people who had relatives across the newly laid Slovak and Czech borders and thus were even less likely to be solidly Polish nationalists. All this makes it rather ironic that during the socialist period, Polish nationalist intellectuals would seize on and romanticize the Góral identity as the bastion of “true” Polishness. Yet some members of the Zywiec community, the prewar elite, were able to capitalize on these romantic notions of the unique qualities of political resistance of the Zywiec region to maintain a sort of power in the community.

In this study, I try to portray the situations as they were explained to me by people in Zywiec and as I experienced them myself from the perspective of someone living in Zywiec. I sought to interview Zywiec residents from a variety of perspectives—members of • • • • 25 The Day the Pope Came to Town different classes, women, men, local politicians, young, old, workers, and managers. I interviewed some people who had left Zywiec to live in other places, those who were unemployed or partially employed, and those who owned businesses.

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