„Prawo kija i pięści” – zajścia między polskimi a niemieckimi korporantami w Wolnym Mieście Gdańsku (1920–1939)
„The stick and fist rule” – incidents between Polish and German students in Free City of Danzig (1920–1939)
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The article is an attempt at outlining the history of Gdansk student associations in the times of the Free City Danzig in 1920–1939. It presents the incidents between German and Polish students that took place at the Higher School of Technology in Gdansk‑Wrzeszcz. The Polish students tried to stand up to harassment and they did so to different effect. The German student associations did not tolerate the Polish associations. One could say they lived „next to each other”. They did not acknowledge one another. Insults were an everyday matter. The Germans denied the Poles the honorary satisfaction in the form of an apology or a duel. The conflicts were settled by stick and fist. The situation at the college was a mirror image of the argument between Poland and Germany. This state of affairs lasted until the Polish students were finalny expelled from the college in 1939. In the article the author tries to account for the political situation which was the background of the conflict and also to point out its impact on the conditions students had at the college.
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