Fear Anatomy
6 March 2019

On March 6, 2019 the Sheptytskyi Center at UCU hosted a presentation of the book by Dr. Damian Markowski "Fear Anatomy. Sovietization of Lviv Region in 1944-1953" (Anatomia strachu. Sowietyzacja obwodu lwowskiego 1944–1953). 

Published in 2018, it is one of the first books in Polish historiography covering Lviv and the surroundings after the end of military action in the first post-war decade. Key research focus is on representing the process of Sovietization as illustrtated by Lviv region. The area became one of the most remote westward provinces of the Soviet Union in 1944. The author shows the processes of violent unification and radical transformation of the region that was supposed to be another arena for implementation of Communist visions and making of a new reality and a new person.

The presentation was moderated by Dr. Sofia Dyak, director of the Center for Urban History in Lviv.

Presentation was conducted in Polish.

The book presentation is part of the research workshop "Movements Across Borders: Post-War Migration and Experiences of Borderland People" organized in partnership with the Institute of Political Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Center for Urban History, and the Department of Modern and Current History of Ukraine of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

Damian Karol Markowski, a historian, a publicist, researcher of history of East Central Europe, with a special focus on the history of Poland and Ukraine, as well as on collective memory, and memory policy. His Master’s degree and the PhD in Humanities were awarded in Warsaw University. He obtained scholarships from many research centers, such as the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe (2013). He published the books on: Fear Anatomy. Sovietization on Lviv Region in 1944-1953 (IPN Publishing, Warsaw, 2018), Two Uprisings. Battle for Lviv on November, 1-22, 1918.; War and Contemporary Conflict of Memory (Literary Publishing, Krakow, 2019). He is author of over a hundred of research articles, essays, and reviews. He worked in the Council for Preservation of Memory of Struggle and Martyrdom, at the Ministry for Culture and National Heritage, at the Institute of National Memory.