Link to the past?

Poland and its memory in the lives of Holocaust survivors in DP camps in the American zone of occupied Germany


  • Katarzyna Person Jewish Historical Institute



DP camps, Polish Jews, Polish-Jewish relations


This article focuses on particular characteristic of Polish Jews and its part of creating of the postwar DP community, looking at its two aspects: political representation and linguistic identity. This allows to examine the role played by the past in creating the future and suggest further research which will focus on the continuity in lives of the DPs, seeing their postwar lives as part of their longer life stories, rather than time completely detached from their prewar past. It argues for the need for further work on the relationship of Polish Jewish DPs with Poland, both at the institutional and private level, and thus the issue of the role of migrants for the countries from which they departed.

Author Biography

Katarzyna Person, Jewish Historical Institute

Katarzyna Person works in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and is currently a MSCA fellow at the LMU in Munich. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and three books dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath in occupied Poland. Her most recent book is Warsaw Ghetto Police. The Jewish Order Service during the Nazi Occupation (Cornell University Press 2021).




How to Cite

Person, Katarzyna. 2021. “Link to the Past? Poland and Its Memory in the Lives of Holocaust Survivors in DP Camps in the American Zone of Occupied Germany”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 8 (1):52-62.