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In our histoPOD podcast we speak to international experts to learn how the Holocaust is remembered in different countries.

Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 marked the beginning of the Second World War. With the system of concentration and extermination camps, which Nazi Germany built mostly in occupied Poland, the regime’s aim of totally exterminating the Jewish population was nearly achieved. In this edition we speak to Dariusz Stola, the former director of the POLIN museum. We learn what this means for the Polish culture of Holocaust remembrance, how this culture has developed over time and what it looks like today.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Dariusz Stola, Poland

is a historian, professor at the Institute for Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. He has researched political and social history of Poland in the 20th century, Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust, international migrations and the history of the communist regime. On these topics he has authored six books and more than hundred articles. In 2014-2019 he was the director of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Annika Brockschmidt, Germany

is a freelance journalist and historian living in Berlin. She studied History and German literature in Heidelberg, before going on to study War and Conflict Studies, specialising in Genocide Studies in Potsdam. Work as a freelance journalist has led her to write for the Tagesspiegel, Zeit Geschichte and Zeit Online. Annika currently works as a freelance political journalist for the ZDF Hauptstadtstudio. Podcast production has been a passion of hers for many years and she has created successful podcasts such as “Science Pie”, which resulted in her co-authoring a non-fiction book on natural sciences and humanities at Rowohlt.