About After the Great War: A New Europe 1918-1923

    The First World War completely changed East-Central Europe. Upon the ruins of four old empires, a dozen or so new countries appeared and almost all borders were redrawn, often in course of continued military conflicts, which lasted even until 1923. After having suffered very high losses, the region started rebuilding and modernising efforts. A New Europe was established.

    The new outdoor travelling exhibition created by the ENRS focuses on these turbulent years. Over 200 archive and multimedia materials – pictures, maps and films together with individual stories of people who lived back in these times – present a complex yet coherent picture of New Europe established in Central-East part of the continent after the Great War.

    The exhibition tackles an important event a century later and makes the case for why it is important for understanding not only Second World War but also East-Central Europe today.

    Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Consultant of the exhibition

    The exhibition tells a story about the creation of a new political order. The contrast between the old and the new is built thanks to the use of two materials - rigid steel contrasts with a light, bright fabric.

    Andrzej Jaworski Jaz Plus Architekci - designers of the exhibition


    Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk, PhD Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk, PhD

    Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk, PhD

    Researcher and deputy head of Academic Section at the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. He studied history at the Warsaw University and at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, as well as international relations at the Warsaw School of Economics. He received his PhD degree (2013) from the History Institute of the Warsaw University. Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk completed internships at the Polish embassies in Washington and Berlin. Later worked for Royal Danish Embassy in Warsaw, for the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and for the Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin (2012-2015). He was also scientific secretary of the Polish-German Textbook Commission (2012-2016) and worked as a secretary of the Polish-German History Textbook. He specializes in Polish-German relations and memory politics. At the ENRS he is a curator of an international exhibition “After the Great War. A New Europe 1918-1923” and is conducting research on Polish foreign politics of memory in the 20th century.

    Robert Żurek, PhD Robert Żurek, PhD

    Robert Żurek, PhD

    Robert Żurek studied History and Catholic Theology at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He received his PhD degree from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. He was a fellow at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, deputy director of the Historical Research Center of Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin, and the director of the Wrocław Delegation of the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland. Currently he is a board member of the Krzyzowa Foundation. He has written numerous scientific and educational publications, with a special emphasis put on the 20th-century Polish-German relations. His other projects include an exhibition about the role of Catholic Church played in Polish-German reconciliation, as well as a film documentary and a radio play dedicated to different aspects of Polish-German relations.

    In cooperation with:

    Dr Ewelina Szpak (ENRS)

    Antoni Zakrzewski (ENRS)




    Dr Florin Abraham

    Dr Rasa Balockaite

    Dr Oksana Dudko

    Toomas Hiio

    Dr Aliaksei Lastouski

    Prof. Diana Mishkova

    Dr Burkhard Olschowsky

    Dr Andi Pinari

    Dr Aldis Purs

    Dr Emilia Salvanou

    Dr Tuomas Tepora

    Dr Oldřich Tůma

    Prof. Matthias Weber

    Dr Tobias Weger

    Prof. Amra Čusto



    Academic Council

    Prof. Andrzej Chwalba

    Prof. Robert Gerwarth

    Prof. Piotr Juszkiewicz

    Prof. Dušan Kováč

    Prof. Jan Rydel

    Prof. Marcela Salagean

    Prof. Arnold Suppan

    Prof. László Szarka

    Prof. Jay M. Winter




    Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

    Prof. Andrzej Nowak



    With the support of:

    Aniko Katona

    Dr Zdenko Maršálek

    Stefan Schubert

    Ruta Valaityte

    Madeleine Hartmann



    Academic Council of the ENRS

    Prof. Attila Pók

    Prof. Peter Haslinger

    Prof. Constantin Hlihor

    Viliam Jablonický

    Prof. Csaba Gy. Kiss

    Prof. Róbert Letz

    Prof. Andrzej Nowak

    Prof. Dariusz Stola

    Acad. Răzvan Theodorescu

    Prof. Stefan Troebst

    Dr Oldřich Tůma



    ENRS Team, mainly:

    Rafał Rogulski - Director of the ENRS

    Małgorzata Feusette-Czyżewska

    Gábor Danyi

    Marek Dąbkowski

    Beata Drzazga

    Jagna Jaworowska

    Weronika Kann

    Joanna Orłoś-Supeł

    Iga Raczyńska

    Maria-Philippa Wieckowski



    Exhibition administration and logistics

    Marek Dąbkowski


    Financial Support
    Graphic and Architectonic Design
    The ENRS would also like to thank the following institutions: