- Research topic:
- Relations between Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish Students in Higher Educational Establishments of the Interwar Lviv (1918-1939)
- September-October 2016
Ewa Bukowska-Marczak is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History and Historiography at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lubin. Engaged in researching the history of Lviv with a special emphasis on the cultural life of the city during the twenty interwar years.
Ewa Bukowska-Marczak's research topic is identical to her doctoral thesis on the relations among students in interwar Lviv. In 1918-1939 representatives of different nationalities and religions studied in Lviv's higher educational establishments. Among them were Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Germans, and Romanians. However, certain nationalities did not always have good relations with others. College students had strong political beliefs during that time; often they were members of political fractions and groups which functioned within the educational establishments or beyond them. Among additional factors that had an impact on how interpersonal conflicts arose, it is worth considering the development the strong nationalist ideology that was developing in Ukraine during the late 1930s. The situation in the city in the aftermath of the Polish-Ukrainian conflict also negatively affected relations. For other reasons why conflicts arose on the basis of nationality it is also worth examining the complicated economic situation of students at that time and the personal positions of some members of the intelligentsia.