Your History and My History - Doing Biographical Research within the Framework of German-Polish Relations
To take these interactively produced meaning of nationality, family history and the political history of these two countries into account is important when analysing the interviews. It can be shown in the analysis that certain discourse fragments are found that relate to the historical, political and European dimensions of Polish-German relations like occupation and violence, forced labour, collaboration and communist images of the ‚class enemy‘ – all of them interlinked with the face-to-face situation between German interviewer and Polish interviewees. I’d like to illustrate that a strong reflexivity and sensitiveness for historical and cultural contexts is needed in these global contexts in order to understand the biographical constructions. One positive side-effect can be that the reflexivity and interest in contexts may lead to new research questions and future common, global projects.