Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska (2020)

Abusing Public Visual History: The Current Right-Wing Press in Poland

Zeitschrift The Public Historian
Heftnummer/Volume 3/42
Seitenzahl(en) 61-85

ISSN: ISSN 1533-8576

The covers of the two mainstream right-wing magazines in Poland, (W) Sieci and Do Rzeczy, have put numerous images on display that refer to well-known events from the past. However, most of the images suggest incorrect interpretations or even falsify historical facts. Asserting that visual history as presented in the illustrated press belongs to the field of public history, the author discusses the consequences of such a deceptive use of history in the public sphere. The article challenges the affirmative approach of public history by showing that scholars should pay more attention to those who ignore ethical codes and do not follow what are considered to be best practices.


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