Why is Silesia so different? Why are its inhabitants by nature predestined for dialogue? How is this region of Central Europe narrated or erased by Polish, German, and Czech literature? Why was its capital – the postwar Wrocław – defined as the New York of the People’s Republic of Poland? These questions will be tackled by authors featured in “Herito” magazine, in its new issue dedicated to Silesia.
The narrative of Silesia is defined by multiplicity. It is an uneasy task to find a common denominator for regions as diverse as Lower and Upper Silesia, Cieszyn Silesia and Opole Silesia. However, this diversity of the region is more than merely a combination of its three dominating cultures: Polish, German, and Czech. Equally important contribution was made by two major Christian traditions: Catholic and Protestant. The great tragedies of the 20th century have left their mark on the region, turning it for many of its inhabitants into a land of exile, which took many years to adjust to.
In the recent issue of “Herito,” the Archbishop Alfons Nossol and Aleksandra Kunce attempt to explain the phenomenon of Silesianness. Łukasz Galusek portrays Upper Silesia’s adventure with modernity, while Elżbieta Rybicka and Joanna Helander discover Silesian herstories. Ewa Chojecka looks into the Pastors’ Well in Bielsko, while Wojciech Browarny and Marcin Wiatr create literary guides of the region. Zofia Reznik explains why Wrocław was the New York of the People’s Republic of Poland, while Maria Kobielska and Leszek Jodliński visit Silesian museums in Upper Silesia and Opava.