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If the Walls Could Speak: Inside a Women's Prison in Communist Poland

Anna Müller


This book is a collective history about imprisoned women in post-1945 Poland. It focuses on how these women adapted to confinement and remade their lives in a prison cell through words during interrogations; through their senses, by which they oriented themselves in the prison’s spatial organization and created a feeling of security; and through their physicality as a confirmation of their gender identity and a means of exerting pressure on authorities. Their creativity helped them rebuild a semblance of normal life in a cell despite confinement and the abuses that they encountered from interr ... More

Keywords: resistance, female prisoners, Poland, prison confinement, interrogation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190499860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190499860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Müller, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Michigan-Dearborn