Demshuk to examine the politics of memory in post-WWII reconstruction

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andrew demshukAndrew Demshuk, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, has received a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award that will enable him to pursue a comparative history of post-1945 reconstruction and urban planning in three cities divided by Cold War borders — Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, Leipzig, East Germany, and Wrocław, western Poland.

The award enables winners to spend up to one year on a long-term research project with colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

Demshuk’s project will examine the politics of urban reconstruction under three contrasting ideologies and societies haunted by the recent Nazi past, racial tensions and forced ethnic migration.

His work on memory and ethnic cleansing in the post-WWII era remains relevant today in viewing global crises.