Anthropology and Ethnology During World War II. The Activity of Sektion Rassen- und Volkstumsforschung Institut fur Deutsche Ostarbeit in the Light of New Source Materials

2019

Anthropology and Ethnology During World War II. The Activity of Sektion Rassen- und Volkstumsforschung Institut fur Deutsche Ostarbeit in the Light of New Source Materials / Edited by: Małgorzata Maj , Marcin Brocki , Stanisława Trebunia-Staszel ; translated by: Katarzyna Dorota Diehl

Place ul. Michałowskiego 9/2, 31-126 Kraków, POLAND
Organizer Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego / Jagiellonian University Press
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Edited by: Małgorzata Maj , Marcin Brocki , Stanisława Trebunia-Staszel ; translated by: Katarzyna Dorota Diehl
PUB DATE: 2019
ISBN: 9788323345626
288 pages

The volume presents a collection of texts describing the results of contemporary research into the documentation of the Sektion Rassen und-Volsktumsforschung of Institut für Deutsche Ostarbeit ( IDO) – a Nazi-led institution which was establish in occupied Poland during World War II. The research project is carried now by anthropologists from Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology together with representatives of other disciplines: historians, sociologists and physical anthropologists from Jagiellonian University. The studies and papers are based on an analysis of a vast body of documents and photographs. It is first of all a vast collection of sources connected with research carried out by Sektion Rassen-und Volkstumsforschung IDO, kept at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The authors refer as well to previously unknown documents discovered during queries conducted over the last few years. The available sources provided a greater insight into the knowledge concerning the activity of Institut für Deutsche Ostarbeit as well as made it possible to verify the existing information concerning the character of research carried out by Sektion Rassen-und Volkstumsforschung. The book contains a rich number of illustrations. Photographs, medical and anthropological questionnaires, psychological tests, questionnaires containing sociological and ethnographic information not only visualize, but in a significant way complement the text of the publication.

"After reading this voluminous and, contrary to what the title might suggest, engaging study, I have no doubt that it is a great scientific achievement. Firstly, the authors managed to develop an approach to the otherwise sensitive subject of the IDO heritage that enables a cool, albeit not entirely distanced way of looking at the history of a certain institution, as well as at the entanglement of many people in its activity. The fact that the institution was established in dark times, and, in addition, by Hans Frank, should not a priori put it in the context of regular Nazi propaganda and degenerated science. The authors managed to separate what in the IDO output was based on objective research from what could never be defined as scientific. Secondly, the high level of competence of the papers in this tome makes one confident about the applied methods of presentation and interpretation of the available material, which, moreover, is still subject to further verification. This publication is not yet the final outcome of several years of research and queries, but a stop-over, an important one, on the way to further work, which is signaled throughout the book. So it is an example of work in progress". - Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Józef Burszta


Marcin Brocki, PhD, Ethnologist and Cultural anthropologist, assistant professor, Head of the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). Research interests: theory in anthropology, intercultural communication, community studies, postsocialism. Fieldwork: divers sites in Poland, surveys in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia. Member of many Polish and international anthropological bodies incl. the Commission on Theoretical Anthropology (IUAES), the Commission on Anthropology (Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Krakow), the editor-in-chief of the journal “Ethnographic Works” (Jagiellonian Univ. Press) and series “Jagiellonian Studies in Cultural Anthropology” and “Anthropos”.

Małgorzata Maj, PhD, ethnologist at the In Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University, Poland. She specializes in ethnology of Poland and Balkans. Her interests are focused on traditional folk culture as well contemporary phenomena. Now she is carrying out research project on Nazi racial and ethnographic research during World War Second.

Stanisława Trebunia-Staszel, PhD, ethnologist at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University, Poland. Her scientific interests focus on ethnology of Poland and the Carpathian regions of Europe. She is interested in museology, folk culture and cultural heritage with special regards to the processes of constructing, practicing and enhancing local, regional or ethnic identity. Since 2008, she has been conducting research on the Nazi ethnic and racial studies in occupied Poland as exemplified by activities of the Institut für Deutsche Ostarbeit.