The experience of World War II (WWII) and its aftermath resulted in an unprecedented
common hostility towards the Germans in the Polish society. In 1945 a Polish-German
reconciliation seemed improbable. However, the process started quite quickly and became
an interesting case of mental evolution of feud societies. The aim of this paper is to analyze
the role of Polish intellectuals, which seems to be crucial for this process, in order to find
some lessons to be learned in the context of North and South Korea division. We believe
that deep understanding of factors standing behind the great success of Polish-German
reconciliation may be useful when thinking about future reunification of the two Koreas.
On the one hand we are aware that nothing can be directly transferred in such distant
cases, but on the other hand we believe that Polish-German example may be a source of
inspiration and a “food for thought”.