Poland and Germany plan joint history book





Poland's ministry of education will join with the educational ministries of the German states to introduce a joint German-Polish history book. Wojciech Rogacin explains: "In Polish history books, the typical German is a barbaric aggressor, someone who for thousands of years only thought about how best to snatch our territory and keep the Polish people down. There is not a word about the rich German culture found also in Polish areas or German science or industry. And it's the same in German books. They contain few references to the Warsaw Uprising, the forced resettlement of Poles and the role of Solidarnosc. A joint history text reflecting work by historians from both countries could knock down walls of stereotypes and lies achieving a relationship like that between the French and Germans."

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