vol. 5, issue 1 (2017)


Marek Chyliński

The political and criminal origins of the Potempa Murder of 1932
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, vol. 5, issue 1, pp. 7-25.

Abstract: Murder of Konrad Piecuch, a Polish worker from Potępa in Upper Silesia, appears in all publications devoted to the origins of the Third Reich. The authors describe the murder committed on the night of August 9, 1932, as an example of the ruthless methods of political struggle of the Nazis. One-sided interpretation of the events in Potępa is also discussed in postwar historical writings of Polish authors. These writers did not perceive criminal motives of the murder. The following text shows the famous murder from both perspectives. This is how it referrs to the article by Richard Bessel from 1977. For the first time in history,  results of the election to the Reichstag and Landtag held from 1928 to 1933 in Potepie have been published. The author questions the official version of Konrad Piecuch's biography, the murder victim.

Keywords: Potempa Affair, Potempa Murder of 1932, Konrad Piecuch, Konrad Pietzuch

Received: 17.02.2017  
Reviewed: 30.03.2017  
Published: 20.06.2017

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Mateusz Tofilski

The influence of spatial forms on local identity of inhabitants living in Upper Silesian settlements Giszowiec and Nikiszowiec
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, vol. 5, issue 1, pp. 27-48.

Abstract: The aim of this paper is an analysis of the relationship between form of space and identity of its inhabitants, with special consideration of Upper Silesian borderland. The main purpose is to show that space, especially the city space, has got a great influence on the ties which connect inhabitants and their methods of defining themselves. It’s based on analysis of two silesian workers settlements: Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec.
These two settlements were built in the beginning of XXth century, for miners who were worked for Georg von Giesche’s Erben company, and their families. The construction of Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec was supervising by director Anton Uthemann and both of them were created by two German architects: Emil and George Zillmann. They were trying to create stabile living conditions but in two different urbanistic and architectural forms. However, because of the history, nowadays Nikiszowiec is still the same and intact in his original form but the majority of Giszowiec area was destroyed and substituted by a new form, what has an influence on today’s inhabitants life.

Keywords: identity, Silesia, space, region 

Received: 28.02.2017  
Reviewed: 14.04.2017
Published: 28.06.2017

Wiesław Romanowicz

The opinions of the high school graduates from Podlaskie Voivodeship on the Roman Catholic & Orthodox Institutional Churches. A comparative analysis
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, vol. 5, issue 1, pp. 49-68.

Abstract: The article depicts the attitude of high school graduates (from Middle-East Poland) towards church institution. Author analyses gathered research material in the view of following indices: degree of church and clergy trust, clergy authority, level of needs meeting as well as the attitude to tradition. It has been showed that religiousness of high school graduates had been formed by the church, but at the same time respondents are looking for newest, more adequate forms of meeting religious needs.

Keywords: youngsters, borderland, religion

Received: 08.02.2017  
Reviewed: 09.03.2017
Published: 29.06.2017

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