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Ciało zbrodniarza. Wizualne reprezentacje procesu i egzekucji Arthura Greisera

Alternative title:

The Body of a War Criminal: Visual Representations of Arthur Greiser’s Trial And Execution


Jankowska, Agata



Subject and Keywords:

war criminal ; visual representations ; body of the perpetrator ; public discourse ; subjugating the body ; magical imagination


Stanowi kontynuację: Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis. Studia nad Faszyzmem i Zbrodniami Hitlerowskimi ; 1 (1974)-33 (2011) ; ISSN 0137-1126


The essay depicts the representations of the public image of Arthur Greiser, the Governor of Reichsgau Wartheland and a war criminal, tried and sentenced to death in post-war Poland in 1946. The author analyzes visual sources, such as photographs and films. The post-war images of Arthur Greiser suggest a different figure of the Nazi leader who tried to create his own, well-considered public image as a beginner member of the Nazi party, and later — as the leader of an occupied territory. The Polish discourse, as the anti-war and anti-Nazi one, broke the majestic and proud figure of Greiser, presented him as a ruthless war criminal responsible for persecutions and genocide, an unhuman being without compassion and a monster with specific physiological features. Simulta-neously, the official mass media rhetoric and visual narratives strived to take over the body of Greiser, deprived him the right to dispose of it. The author describes and interprets the pictures of the trial and execution where Greiser is considered as the accused and a dead body/corpse. The visual representations uncover the practice of subjugating the perpetrator’s body in public discourse, as well as the social behaviour and attitudes in the liberated communist country.

Place of publishing:



Wydawnictwo Universytetu Wrocławskiego


Maciejewski, Marek. Red. ; Scheffler, Tomasz. Red.

Date issued:



ISSN 0239-6661 ; ISSN 2300-7249




PAd P 101182 II


eng ; pol


Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661. No 3912, Studia nad Autorytaryzmem i Totalitaryzmem, t. 41, nr 2, s.125-146

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Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

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Copyright by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego Sp. z o.o., Wrocław 2019

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