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François Guesnet

François Guesnet is Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Reader in Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. He has published widely on early modern and nineteenth century history of Polish and eastern European Jewry. Most recently, he co-edited (with Darius Staliunas, Vilnius) an English language section about Lithuanian-Jewish relations in Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung (vol. 21, 2012). Forthcoming publications include a volume Antisemitism in an Era of Transition: Genealogies and Impact in post-Communist Poland and Hungary (co-edited with Gwenyth Jones, forthcoming) and the proceedings of a conference on Warsaw as a Jewish metropolis in the 19th and 20th centuries (with Glenn Dynner). He appeared as a grumpy historian in How to Establish a Wodka Empire (dir. Dan Edelstein, UK 2010), offers advice to the BBC series Who do you think you are? and currently serves as chairman of the Executive Group of the UCL Grand Challenge on Intercultural Interaction.


Professor Anita Prażmowska

Professor Prażmowska teaches courses at the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In her research, she mainly focuses on areas related to Modern Polish and East European History. Her main publications analyse Polish foreign policy before and during the Second World War. Additionally, she has written more general commentaries on Poland’s place in Europe.

Professor Prażmowska has been a commentator for TV and Radio on contemporary Polish history and politics.

Films screening at this event


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Władysław Pasikowski
Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic
107 min

“May be the most controversial Polish film ever made.” – The Economist

A tense, psychological drama that has caused a political sensation in Poland.

When Franciszek comes back to his native village to visit his brother Józef, after twenty years in America, he is little prepared for the sheer hostility, claustrophobia and poverty he encounters. The more Franciszek picks away at the scab, the more complicit he becomes in a trail of fear and shame that leads straight back to the darkest days of the war.

With a cinematic language straight from crime films and thrillers, and brooding camerawork by Paweł Edelman (The Pianist), this is one of the bravest, most important films you’ll see this year.

Winner: Yad Vashem Award, Jerusalem Film Festival 2013

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