In 1940, the war that began in Europe in 1939 struck with all its terrifying might. On the one hand, it is the first year of the occupation of Polish territories by the Third Reich and Soviet Union; on the other hand, in that year both totalitarian regimes continue their territorial expansion, war spreading to many fronts, with military operations engulfing further areas of Europe, Asia and Africa. Hitler and Stalin make the most of their bond, established in the Pact of August 1939, while more countries and nations – in the West and in the East, in the North and in the South – fall prey to the dictators. In the conquered countries, both totalitarian aggressors resort to the reign of terror to accomplish their political and ideological objectives.
However one important question arises, one that is embedded in the title of the conference: has the 1940 war not been forgotten, has it not been forced into the shadows, especially in the light of the events of the following year, with the military conflict spreading across the globe? We hope that this question, although phrased in a very general manner, will encourage a wider debate.
Conference start and closing dates: 3 – 5 June 2020
Place: Gdańsk, Museum of the Second World War
Submission Deadline for paper abstracts: 15 March 2020
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