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Friday, November 19

Displacement, Borders, and Belonging: Anthony Kruszewski’s life in Wartime Poland and Post-War America
9:00 am
Anthony Kruszewski/Beata Halicka
Polish Nationality Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Department of History and DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
Jan Musekamp
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Anthony Kruszewski is professor emeritus at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Beata Halicka is professor at Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań/Poland.

During this conversation, we will discuss Beata Halicka’s biography of Anthony Kruszewski. Professor Kruszewski was first a Polish scout fighting in World War II against the Nazi occupiers, then a Prisoner of War and Displaced Person in Western Europe. He was stranded as a penniless immigrant in post-war America and eventually became a pioneer in the field of Borderland Studies. His life story is a microcosm of twentieth-century history, covering various theatres and incorporating key events and individuals.

The discussion will be moderated by Jan Musekamp (DAAD Visiting Associate Professor, Dept of History).