The Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin has published a new book - "Protagonist in the Shadow. Enno Meyer in the Process of Reconciliation of Germans with Poles and Jews / Protagonista w cieniu. Enno Meyer w procesie pojednania Niemców z Polakami i Żydami", edited by academic Burkhard Olschowsky. This is a Polish translation of the anthology, which was published in the German original by De Gruyter publishing house in 2019. This book is the first volume in the series "Breakthroughs and People of Dialogue. From the history of Polish-German mutual understanding / Przełomy i ludzie dialogu. Z historii polsko-niemieckiego porozumienia", published by the Historical Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The people presented in the book - both well-known and less frequently noted in wider public debates - made a significant contribution to Polish-German mutual understanding in the 20th century. One of the scientific editors of the series is Dr. Robert Żurek, managing director of the Krzyżowa Foundation.

„Protagonista w cieniu" zawiera wspomnienia o Enno Meyerze (1913–1996), niemieckim historyku i nauczycielu gimnazjalnym z Oldenburga. Meyer, który w czasie II wojny światowej służył w Wehrmachcie, od lat 50. poświęcił się pojednaniu Niemców z Polakami i Żydami. Skoncentrował się na obszarze, który znał najlepiej – kształtowaniu młodzieży w duchu otwartości i racjonalizmu. Jego 47 tez dotyczących nauczania polsko-niemieckiej historii stało się istotnym wstępem do powojennego dialogu podręcznikowego i utorowało drogę do działalności Wspólnej Polsko-Niemieckiej Komisji Podręcznikowej Historyków i Geografów.

On 2-4 December, a meeting of the Polish-German Copernicus Group took place in Krzyżowa. This unique body consists of representatives of the scientific and journalistic community.

The aim of discussions in the Copernicus Group is to identify current, permanent and potential problems of understanding and agreement, differences of interests, points of contention and conflicts in Polish-German relations. The next step is to discuss in the group possible ways of settling them or finding solutions. The result of each discussion is the creation of a common strategy document called "report"("Arbeitspapier").

The annual conference of the National Institute of Freedom - Center for Civil Society Development will begin tomorrow on the challenges of the non-governmental sector in the changing reality. It is the fourth edition of this event, which this year will take place on 25-26 November 2021 and will bring together over 70 experts - representatives of non-governmental organizations, public administration and the world of science.

One of the conference panellists will be dr hab. Robert Żurek, managing director of the Krzyżowa Foundation, who will take part in the discussion on the mission and challenges of the International Meeting Centers. It is scheduled to start at 2:45 PM on Thursday, 24 November.

Dr. Urszula Pękala, Deputy Manager of the Memorial Site, took part in the panel discussion "Bridge between Germany and Poland? The role of Silesia in Polish-German relations”, organized as part of the XXVI Silesian Seminar, which took place on 26-29 October  2021 in Kamień Śląski. The program of the seminar focused on the topic: "Polish-German struggle for Upper Silesia".

You can watch the discussion here.

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