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Paweł P. Styrna

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Paweł P. Styrna was born in 1983 in Zabrze, Poland. His Masters of Arts thesis analyzed the attitudes of the American, British, Belgian, Polish, and Soviet press vis-à-vis the Polish-Ukrainian Kiev Offensive against the Bolsheviks in 1920. He is working on a biography of Polish industrialist Leopold Wellisz and has written numerous book reviews for Glaukopis, Sarmatian Review and Najwyższy Czas! He co-edited Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? Studies on the Fate of Wartime Poles and Jews (2012) and authored the chapter titled "The Tale of Two Hamlets: The Case of Wólka-Okrąglik and Gniewczyna." Mr. Styrna is a Eurasia analyst for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (SFPPR) and writes the blog Property Polska for the Journal of Property Rights in Transition.

Mr. Styrna was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Arts in modern European history, with minor specializations in Polish and Soviet history. He is currently enrolled in the international relations program at The Institute of World Politics and is a research assistant to the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies.

The Complexity and History of Property Restitution in Poland

The Complexity and History of Property Restitution in Poland

   POLISH-AMERICAN ADVOCACY GROUP EVENING STAR BUILDING, 7th FLOOR 1101 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20004   October 17, 2013   To the Members of the Congressional Caucus on Poland: This is to inform you about the case of property restitution in Poland, including Jewish property. Whereas there has been no comprehensive legislation for property [...]

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Polish Property Confiscated by the Partitioning Powers
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Polish Property Confiscated by the Partitioning Powers

  During the Second World War, and directly after, Polish citizens had their properties confiscated by the two invaders and occupiers: the German Nazis and the Soviet Communists. However, quite a few Poles were deprived of their property from the eighteenth century onwards by the three partitioning powers—Prussia, Austria, and Russia—as shown by the Wykaz [...]

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You are NOBODIES: The sadly typical case of the Plebański Family in Poland

You are NOBODIES: The sadly typical case of the Plebański Family in Poland

The case of the Plebański Family is sadly typical from the perspective of property restitution in post-communist Poland. The Plebańskis had devoted themselves to serving their country for generations. Both the German Nazi and Soviet Communist occupiers of Poland persecuted and jailed them. Following the “fall” of communism-proper in 1989, they were not only unable [...]

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