“Białystok. According to The Guardian’s ranking, the quality of life there is higher than in any other Polish city, it even exceeds Vienna and Barcelona. In the region of Podlasie, Poles lived alongside Ukrainians, Belarusians, Jews and Tatars. It was here that Esperanto was created and the first Polish child conceived by in vitro fertilisation was born. How did it happen that today’s media reports from the city are dominated by flats on fire, swastikas on the walls, anti-Semitism, racism and fights of football thugs?

Marcin Kącki searches for the traces left by the murdered neighbours, looks at the bleeding Host from Sokółka, reads memorial plaques and prosecutor’s files. He talks with activists, representatives of the authorities and the Church, with country dwellers and those living in blocks of flats, with young neo-fascists.

What emerges from this polyphony is a complex story of a ‘city without memory’. A powerful book written in the uncompromising light of the reporter’s spotlight, without lenience but also without definitive judgements.”

source of the description: Czarne 2015

We would like to invite you to a discussion with the author of the well-known reportage about today’s Białystok. Krzysztof Jaskułowski in his conversation with Marcin Kącki will certainly refer to the context of Wrocław too.

Marcin Kącki is a journalist for Gazeta Wyborcza and reporter for Duży Format. He specialises in investigative, social and historical journalism.

Krzysztof Jaskułowski, PhD, is a historian and sociologist interested in the history of Wales, the theory of the nation and nationalism, European integration and cultural anthropology.