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Douglas Ong

Douglas Ong is a Doctoral Fellow with the University of Greifswald’s International Research Training Group “Baltic Peripeties – Narratives of Reformations, Revolutions and Catastrophes”. A historian by trade, his academic interests focus on the development of nationalism in Poland, through the commemoration and remembrance of traumatic experiences.

University of Greifswald

IRTG Baltic Peripeties
Anklamer Str. 20
17489 Greifswald

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Department of History

The Commemorations over a Lost Home: The Examination of the Traumatic Memories of Expelled Kresy Poles from Lwów to Wrocław in Public Spaces

The proposed PhD dissertation examines the expulsion of the Poles from the Kresy during the years 1944-1955. The backbone of the dissertation examines the memory of the expulsion, formed by the forced resettlement of Poles from Lwów (today L’viv) to the city of Wrocław (formerly Breslau). The objective of the thesis is not to discuss the resettlement, but rather to investigate how and why following the fall of the Iron Curtain, a narrative of trauma about this resettlement emerged. Evidence for this narrative will be forensically dissected and discussed through the study of sites of memory such as museums and monuments together with other permanent and commemorative exhibitions. The proposed dissertation is also interested to juxtapose this case study with memories of the Holocaust in the broader Polish context, particularly by identifying and discussing the touch points between them.


  • Melchior, Inge. Guardians of Living History. An Ethnography of Post-Soviet Memory Making in Estonia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press 2020, 368 pp. H-Soz-Kult, November 12, 2021, www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/reb-97260.
  • “The City as Meeting Point: How Wroclawian Museums Reshape Urban History by Representing Alternating Stories of Expulsion,” international workshop The Same Event? Morphologies, Reflections, Disseminations, organised by the IRTG Baltic Peripeties. Narratives of Reformations, Revolutions and Catastrophes, Institute for Cultural Research, University of Tartu, December 15-17, 2022.
  • “An Old Home in a New: Remembrance of Post-Second World War Expulsions in Public Spaces,” 28th Biennial AABS Conference Baltic Studies at a Crossroads, organised by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), Seattle, WA, May 27-29, 2022.
  • “An Old Home in a New: Remembrance of the Post-Second World War Expulsions in Public Spaces,” Baltic Geopolitics Graduate Seminar – Lent Term, Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge/online, February 25, 2022.
  • Project presentation at the Mare-Pomerania-Confinium International PhD Workshop, International Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Department of History at the University of Greifswald, Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO) at the University of Greifswald, Kulice, January 25-26, 2022.
  • Participation in (Ze)Ukraine: Challenges of Hybridity, XXV. Greifswalder Ukrainicum – Greifswald Ukrainian Summer School, University of Greifswald/online, August 9-21, 2021.

University studies and degrees

  • Since 04/2021
  • Doctoral Researcher at the International Research Training Group “Baltic Peripeties – Narratives of Reformations, Revolutions and Catastrophes” at the University of Greifswald.
  • 2020
  • B.A. (Honours) with Distinction in History and European Studies Minor, National University of Singapore. Thesis: A History Hidden by History – The Overshadowing of Jewish Memories for a United Poland.

Professional background

  • 2019
  • Volunteer at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’s Archives Department and the International Center for Education.


  • 2020-2021
  • Teaching Assistant in the Department of History, National University of Singapore.
  • 2017
  • Ministry of Education Teaching Intern at Regent Secondary School.