Lidia Zessin-Jurek

is a research fellow at the Masaryk Institute and Archives (MUA) of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She was a postdoctoral researcher and Poland expert in the Unlikely Refugee? research project.

She holds a PhD from the European University Institute (Florence). Her postdoctoral project in the field of Memory Studies focused on the (political) rivalry and productive dynamic involving the Holocaust and the Gulag memory cultures in Europe. She co-edited the volume Syberiada Żydów polskich/The Siberian Odyssey of the Polish Jews (Warsaw 2020).


Cover for: The wrong kind of heroism

The Polish, Israeli and German heads of state came together for the first time ever to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Despite the international attention, great tensions lie under this political milestone, ranging from historical censorship to the claim to the moral high ground.

Polish Belarusian border late 2021

After pushing back Middle Eastern refugees into the forests on its northern border with Belarus, Poland is now welcoming an unprecedented number of displaced Ukrainians. Deep racial and gender stereotypes are at play in this double standard, and an idea of heroic patriotism that doesn’t understand the people who don’t have a state to fight for.