The covers of the two mainstream right-wing magazines in Poland, (W) Sieci and Do Rzeczy, have put numerous images on display that refer to well-known events from the past. However, most of the images suggest incorrect interpretations or even falsify historical facts. Asserting that visual history as presented in the illustrated press belongs to the field of public history, the author discusses the consequences of such a deceptive use of history in the public sphere. The article challenges the affirmative approach of public history by showing that scholars should pay more attention to those who ignore ethical codes and do not follow what are considered to be best practices.
Abusing Public Visual History: The Current Right-Wing Press in Poland
Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska holds a Humboldt Fellowship at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany) and is associate professor at University of Łódź (Poland). Her research concerns visual history, collective memories in Poland and Germany, and reception studies. Publications in this field include contributions to German Life and Letters, Osteuropa, and Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies. Beyond that, she has been working on the right-wing politics of history in Poland. In 2016, together with Katrin Stoll and Sabine Stach she edited a special issue of Zeitgeschichte-Online on the topic. See https://zeitgeschichte-online.de/thema/verordnete-geschichte-zur-dominanz-nationalistischer-narrative-polen
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Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska; Abusing Public Visual History: The Current Right-Wing Press in Poland. The Public Historian 5 August 2020; 42 (3): 61–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2020.42.3.61
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