(5 entries: book, special issue of peer-reviewed journal [= 6 articles], articles, chapter in edited volume)
1. Machteld Venken, Peripheries at the Centre. Borderland Schooling in Interwar Europe. New York: Berghahn Books, 2021. Open Access: https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/VenkenPeripheries
Special issue of peer-reviewed journal:
3. James Bjork, 'Wartime Germans, Postwar Poles: Nation Switching and Nation Building after 1945, Journal of Modern History 94:3 (September 2022), 608-47.
Keywords: Poland, Germany, Second World War, Volksdeutsche, rehabilitation, nation switching, national indifference, Catholic church
Abstract: This article investigates the role that citizens who had spent the Second World War categorized as Germans played in the reconstruction of Polish society after 1945. Existing accounts of the fate of wartime Germans in postwar Poland focus on their expulsion or their tenuous, temporary persistence at the margins of national life. But several million people who had the status of Reichsdeutsche (pre-1939 German citizens) or Volksdeutsche ("ethnic Germans" among pre-1939 Polish citizens) were not only verified or rehabilitated as Poles but also asserted themselves as role models for a new, modern Poland. Disproportionately working-class and highly devout, former Volksdeutsche and Reichsdeutsche displayed precisely the qualities valued, respectively, by Poland's Communist regime and the Catholic Church. Promotion of wartime Germans as icons of heavy industry tended to be strained and awkward since the leadership of Poland's Communist party had few personal links to this milieu. The Roman Catholic hierarchy and clergy, by contrast, were not only sympathetic to wartime Germans but also often recruited from their ranks. Experiences of the war and its immediate aftermath that we would normally identify as "German" thus became integrated into "Polish" memories articulated and legitimized by that ostensibly most national of Polish institutions, the Roman Catholic Church.
4. Machteld Venken. “Secondary school principals and liminality in Polish Upper Silesia (1919-1939).” Journal of Modern European History (2021). Open Access: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1611894421992685
Chapter in Edited Volume:
5. Johanna Jaschik and Machteld Venken. “Dialoguing Borders in the Post-soviet Space through Citizen Science – Ukrainian borderland Perspectives”. In: Sabine von Löwis and Beate Eschment, Beate (eds.), Post-Soviet Borders. A Kaleidoscope of Shifting Lives and Lands. New York: Routledge, 2023, 67-84. https://www.routledge.com/Post-Soviet-Borders-A-Kaleidoscope-of-Shifting-Lives-and-Lands/Lowis-Eschment/p/book/9780367770082#