The Holocaust and its Aftermath from the Family Perspective

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Ella and Otto Deutsch with Zuzana, Prague 1949. Source: Jewish Museum in Prague

15-16 March 2017, Prague

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Applying gender analysis to the field of Holocaust Studies has yielded important results. Whereas before the 1990s, most Holocaust scholarship focused almost exclusively on the experiences of male victims, expanding to include women’s experiences has both opened up new areas of inquiry and raised crucial questions about established areas. And yet this developing scholarly conversation has limitations as well. As Joan Ringelheim, an early adopter, pointed out in her later work, scholarship about women during the Holocaust easily becomes essentializing; at times even suggesting that women were somehow more capable of facing the Nazi onslaught. More recently Pascale Rachel Bos has argued that many of the perceived differences between the experiences of men and women may have more to do with the way the different genders were taught to express themselves than with actual differences. Even more fundamentally, however, examining the Holocaust and its aftermath through the lens of gender requires breaking up the Jewish or Roma family.

While there is no question that the Nazis sought to destroy the Jewish and Roma family, it is equally clear that Jews and Roma continually resisted this effort, sometimes in surprising ways. Thus to divide men and women into separate categories is to privilege gender above what may have been an even more crucial element of their identities. Jews and Roma of all genders and ages, and in all of the contexts of the Holocaust, made decisions about flight, passing, hiding, joining together and separating based on calculations of their own survival, but also based on perceptions of the greater good of their families.

This difficult process of decision-making can be traced into the postwar years, when many of the survivors faced the dilemma of where and with whom to start a new family life. Decisions of Jews from Europe regarding whether to stay or to leave the continent have mainly been analyzed through the prism of political and ideological factors.  The role of family still plays only a marginal role in the research on the first postwar years, even though creating a new family was one of the crucial—if not the most important—features of the effort of most of the surviving Jews and Roma to start new lives. Research on postwar family life has also revealed the profound influence of war experiences, and of the loss of prewar families, on subsequent generations.

This conference will place the family at the center of discussion. Drawing on the insights of gender analysis, but unfettered from its strict binaries, it will look at the ways in which familial concerns influenced decision-making. When were young people sent away or ahead? How did individuals and families decide who would stay with the elderly or infirm? What factors allowed some families to stay together? How did gender, socio-economic level, religious and political affiliation, geography and chronology affect these choices? And how did all of these factors continue to play out in the postwar period?

We welcome papers touching on these issues across occupied Europe, with special focus on east central and eastern Europe, and from the prewar through the postwar periods. Indeed, decisions about emigration in the late 1930s and through the late 1940s and 1950s are deeply enmeshed with questions of family – with reconnecting with family members and also with the importance of establishing new families.

The one and one half day conference will take place at Villa Lanna in Prague, 15-16 March 2017. We plan to publish an edited volume of selected papers after the conference in order to share our findings and encourage further work in this area.

Thanks to generous funding from the German Historical Institute of Warsaw, the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and CEFRES Prague, we will be able to offer accommodation and meals for all conference participants. Limited travel subventions may be available for some speakers.

Organizers: Eliyana Adler (Penn State University), Kateřina Čapková (Institute of Contemporary History, Prague) and Ruth Leiserowitz (German Historical Institute in Warsaw).

Conference is sponsored by:

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Programme in PDF here.

Tuesday 14 March
19.00 Dinner, Villa Lanna

Wednesday 15 March

9.00 Welcome
9.15 – 11.00 First Panel
Family and Genocide
Chair: Eliyana R. Adler (Pennsylvania State University)

Dalia Ofer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Narrating Families’ Daily Life in East European Ghettos: Concepts and Dilemmas

Michal Unger (Ashkelon Academic College, Israel)
Separation and Divorce in the East European Ghettos

Volha Bartash (Hugo Valentin Centre, University of Uppsala)
Romani Family in the Holocaust: Ethnographic Field Notes from the Belarusian-Lithuanian Borderland

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.30 Second panel
Family Correspondence
Chair: Kateřina Králová (Charles University, Prague)

Joachim Schlör (University of Southampton)
‘I could never forget what they had done to my father’: The Absence and Presence of Holocaust Memory in a Family’s Letter Collection

Rony Alfandary (Bar Ilan University)
Family Letters from Thessaloniki: Real and Imaginary Consequences

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.45 Third panel
Family and Choice
Chair: Ruth Leiserowicz (German Historical Institute, Warsaw)

Kiril Feferman (Ariel University)
Changing Roles: Flight Decision-making in the Mixed Families in the Soviet Union, 1941

Alina Bothe (Free University of Berlin)
‘This was the last time I saw my mother’ – Families Responding to the First Mass Deportation in October 1938

Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union, New York City)
Negotiating Gender, Family, and Survival behind the Lines: Perspectives from the Margins of Holocaust History

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee

16.00 – 17.45 Fourth panel
Children’s Perspectives
Chair: Clara Royer (CEFRES, Prague)

Boaz Cohen (Western Galilee College, Akko; Shaanan College, Haifa)
Family Survival Strategies as Seen by Survivor Children in Their Early Testimonies

Sarah Rosen (Yad Vashem, Jerusalem)
The Survival of Deported Families in Transnistrian Ghettos as Reflected in Diaries of the Youth

Joanna Beata Michlic (University College London)
Grayer Shades of Jewish Identity: Atypical Histories of Child Survivors from Mixed Polish-Jewish Families in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

18.00 – 19.30
Dinner, Villa Lanna

20.00 – c.22.00
Guided tour of Prague Castle with views of Prague (a private bus will take us there)

Thursday 16 March

9.00 – 10.45 Fifth panel
Imagined Families
Chair: István Pál Ádám (CEFRES, Prague)

Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College, New York City)
Uneasy Bonds: On Jews in Hiding and the Making of Surrogate Families

Rita Horvath (Yad Vashem, Jerusalem)
Hasidic Families under Pressure: An In-depth Analysis of the Holocaust Testimonies Collected by Yaffa Eliach

Viktória Bányai (Institute for Minority Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
The Impact of the Joint’s Assistance Strategy on the Lives of Jewish Families in Hungary, 1945–49

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.45 Sixth panel
Post-war Dilemmas
Chair: Stephan Stach (Institute of Contemporary History, Prague)

Laura Hobson Faure (New Sorbonne University)
Siblings in the Holocaust and Its Aftermath: Rethinking the ‘Holocaust Orphan’ in France and the United States

Marcos Silber (University of Haifa)
Migrations, Gender and Family: Bottom-Up Perspectives on Migrations and Nation Building in 1950s Poland and Israel

Kamil Kijek (Wrocław University)
Jewish Family Confronting the Holocaust Aftermath and Demise of Modernism: The Case of Polish Lower Silesia, 1945–57

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.45 Seventh panel
Rebuilding the Family
Chair: Kateřina Čapková (Institute of Contemporary History, Prague)

Robin Judd (Ohio State University)
‘Experiencing Family and Home’: Jewish Military Brides, Allied Soldier Husbands, and the Centrality of Kinship, 1944–50

Anja Reuss (Independent historian)
‘Return to Normality’: The Relevance of Motherhood and Family for Sinti and Roma Survivors in the Aftermath of World War II

Sarah Wobick-Segev (Koebner Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Looking for a Nice Jewish Girl . . . : Personal Ads and the Creation of Jewish Families in Germany during and after the Shoah, 1938–53

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee

16.15 – 17.45 Concluding round table
Eliyana Adler, Kateřina Čapková, Ruth Leiserowitz
Sharon Kangisser Cohen (Yad Vashem, Jerusalem)

18.00 – 19.30
Dinner, Villa Lanna

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Istvan Pal Adam

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is a postdoctoral fellow of CEFRES (Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales), Prague. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Bristol, where his work was supervised by Tim Cole and Josie McLellan. Adam's first book, the Budapest Building Managers and the Holocaust in Hungary (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) explains the relations between the ghettoized Jews and a group of non-Jewish professionals in a metropolis. He is interested in other aspects of the Holocaust in an urban environment, but he also writes about interwar and post-Holocaust anti-Jewish violence in Central Eastern Europe.

Eliyana R. Adler

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is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Program in Jewish Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, is at present a fellow at the German Historical Institute of Warsaw. Adler’s book, In Her Hands: The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia (Wayne State University Press) received the Heldt Prize for the Best Book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women’s Studies in 2011. Her current project, on which she has published several articles, examines the experiences of Polish Jews who survived World War II in the un-occupied regions of the Soviet Union.

Natalia Aleksiun

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is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro College, New York. Her publications include Where To? The Zionist Movement in Poland, 1944–1950 (in Polish) and numerous articles in Yad Vashem Studies, Polish Review, Dapim, East European Jewish AffairsStudies in Contemporary Jewry, Polin, Gal Ed, East European Societies and Politics, Nashim and German History. She co-edited volumes 20 and 29 of Polin. Her book Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust (Littman), is forthcoming. She is currently working on a book about the daily lives of Jews in hiding in Galicia during the Holocaust.

Rony Alfandary

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received his PhD from the School of Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University. As well as working as an independent psychotherapist and a university lecturer in the field of clinical social work, Rony writes and publishes prose and poetry with an emphasis on the relationship between language, creativity, and the sense of self and belonging. Having also worked for some years as a photographer, Rony explores visual imagery in various fields. His latest publication is a book Exile and Return: a psychoanalytic study of Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet (in Hebrew, Carmel Publishers 2016).

Viktória Bányai

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is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Minority Studies (Center for Jewish Studies), Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She received her PhD in History from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in 2002. Her research fields are Hungarian Jewish history and culture in pre-modern and modern times, the history of Jewish education, and Jewish cemeteries in Hungary.

Volha Bartash

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is a researcher at the Hugo Valentin Centre, University of Uppsala, where she is working on the book project ‘Survival as a Daily Routine: The History and Memory of the Nazi Genocide of the Roma in the German-occupied Belarusian-Lithuanian Border Region’. She received a PhD from the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in 2011. For her thesis on the sedentarization of Roma in the Soviet Union, she was awarded the Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s Prize in Romani Studies.

Alina Bothe

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is currently a Post-doc Fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah at the Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. She is working on a habilitation thesis about the persecution of the Polish Jews in the Reich, 1938–1 939. Her Ph.D. thesis was on the ‘digital turn’ in Shoah memory. Her areas of research include Digital Humanities, Gender Studies, Shoah History, and Conceptual History. She has published volumes on testimony, gender, and digital media, and, most recently, co-edited a special issue of The Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, about the history of the term ‘survivor’.

Verena Buser

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is research fellow at the Free University Berlin and lecturer at Alice Salomon University for Applied Sciences in Berlin. Her research areas include children during the Holocaust, displaced children after WWII, the history of social work, and Jewish officials in camps. She was recently awarded a grant by the Hadassah Brandeis Institute for her research on UN Jewish children´s centers. She has also received a fellowship from the Leo Baeck Institute of New York.

Kateřina Čapková

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is a scholar at the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague, and teaches Modern Jewish History at Charles University and at NYU in Prague. Her book Czechs, Germans, Jews? National Identity and the Jews of Bohemia (Berghahn, 2012) received the Outstanding Academic Title of 2012 from Choice magazine. With Michal Frankl, she co-authored Unsichere Zuflucht (Böhlau 2012; in Czech, in 2008), a book about refugees from Nazi Germany and Austria to Czechoslovakia. She is currently working on a project comparing the Jewish experience in post-war Poland and Czechoslovakia, with a focus on Jewish families in the border regions.

Boaz Cohen

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is head of the Holocaust Studies programme of Western Galilee College, in Akko, and a lecturer at Shaanan College, in Haifa, Israel. His work focuses on the development of Holocaust memory and historiography in their social and cultural contexts and on Jewish and Israeli post-Holocaust society. He is the author of Israeli Holocaust Research: Birth and Evolution (Routledge 2013), a co-editor of volumes on Holocaust and Film (2013) and Survivor Historians (2015), and the editor of הנשמע קולם?עדויות מוקדמות של ילדים ניצולי שואה (Was their voice heard? Early Holocaust testimonies of child survivors, Yad Vashem, 2016). 

Ksenia Eroshina

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is student of History and Philosophy at the University of Münster. Her academic focus is Holocaust Studies and Eastern and East-Central Europe. She is writing the extended essay for her Bachelor’s degree on Forced Labour for the Germans in World War II, based on interviews with Russian forced labourers. She is also working at the Villa ten Hompel, Münster, and at the Heimatsucher organization, interviewing Holocaust survivors and retelling their testimonies to elementary-school pupils.

Kiril Feferman

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is a Lecturer in the Department of Jewish Heritage at Ariel University, Israel. His book, The Holocaust in the Crimea and the North Caucasus, was published by Yad Vashem in 2016. He has published extensively on the Holocaust in the occupied Soviet territories, most recently in Cahiers du monde russe and Nationalities Papers. He is a member of the Yad Vashem Commission for the Designation of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Atina Grossmann

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is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union, New York City. She is the author of several books, including Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (Princeton UP, 2007; in German 2012), and co-editor of several volumes. Recently she is working, together with Dorota Glowacka, on a brief summary volume about Gender and the Holocaust. Her current research is the project ‘Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue in the Soviet Union, Iran, and India’, as well as the entanglements of family memoir and historical scholarship.

Laura Hobson Faure

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is a historian and Associate Professor of American Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. Her research focuses on Jewish life in France and the United States during and after the Holocaust. Her recent publications include, Un “Plan Marshall juif: la présence juive américaine en France après la Shoah, 1944–1954, Paris, 2013, and, with Katy Hazan, Catherine Nicault and Mathias Gardet, L’œuvre de Secours aux Enfants et les populations juives au XXe siècle: Prévenir et guérir dans un siècle de violences, Paris, 2014.

Rita Horvath

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is a research fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem. Her fields of research are the history of the Holocaust in Hungary, Holocaust literature, trauma and literary theory. She is author of A magyarorszagi zsidok Deportaltakat Gondozo Orszagos Bizottsaga (DEGOB) tortenete (The History of the Hungarian National Relief Committee for Jewish Deportees, Budapest 1997) and “Never Asking Why Build—Only Asking Which Tools”: Confessional Poetry and the Construction of the Self (Akadémiai Kiadó, 2005) and co-editor (with Anna Szalai and Gábor Balázs) of Previously Unexplored Sources on the Holocaust in Hungary. A Selection from Jewish Periodicals, 1930-1944 (Yad Vashem, 2007).

Robin Judd

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is an Associate Professor of History at the Ohio State University. The author of Contested Rituals: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and German-Jewish Political Life in Germany, 1843–1933 (Cornell UP, 2007), and a number of articles concerning Jewish history, gender history, and ritual behaviour, she is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled ‘Loss, Liberation, and Love: Jewish Brides, Solider Husbands, and Strategies for Reconstruction, 1943–1955’.

Sharon Kangisser Cohen

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is the Director of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and the Director of the Eli and Diana Zborowski Centre for the study of the Holocaust and its Aftermath at Yad Vashem.  She has done research and published on the experiences of children during the Holocaust and on child survivors.

Kamil Kijek

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is an Assistant Professor at the Jewish Studies Department, University of Wrocław, Poland. His publications include Dzieci modernizmu: Świadomość i socjalizacja polityczna młodzieży żydowskiej w Polsce międzywojennej (Children of modernism: The socialization and political consciousness of the Jewish youth of inter-war Poland), Wrocław, forthcoming, and ‘Was It Possible to Avoid “Hebrew Assimilation”? Hebraism, Polonization, and the Zionist “Tarbut” School System in the Last Decade of Interwar Poland’, Jewish Social Studies 21 (2016) 2. His current research project is entitled ‘A Polish Shtetl after the Holocaust? Jews in Dzierżoniów, 194550’.

Kateřina Králová

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is Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at Charles University, Prague. Her thesis has been published in Czech, Greek and German (Das Vermächtnis der Besatzung, Böhlau, 2016). Her recent publications include Stegnosan ta dakrya mas: Ellines prosfyges stin Tsechoslovakia with KonstantinosTsivos (Our tears dried up: Greek refugees in Czechoslovakia, Alexandria, 2015), and, with Jiří Kocian and Kamil Pikal, Minderheiten im sozialistischen Jugoslawien: Brüderlichkeit und Eigenheit (Peter Lang, 2016).

Ruth Leiserowitz

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is Professor of East European History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Deputy Director at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. Her research is focused on European history of the nineteenth and the twentieth century, particularly transnational history, history of the Baltic region, Jewish history, and the history of memory and border regions. Her book Sabbatleuchter und Kriegerverein: Juden in der ostpreußisch-litauischen Grenzregion 1812–1942 (Osnabrück: fibre, 2010) deals with Jewish life in a border region, emphasizing its transnational character.

Wiebke Lisner

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is a research fellow at the University of Hanover. Her publications include “Hüterinnen der Nation”? Hebammen im Nationalsozialismus (Campus, 2006) as well as articles on gender history, the history of medicine, and, particularly, the history of midwifery in the first half of the twentieth century. Her current research is on the divergent and increasingly antagonistic experiences, perspectives, and interactions of Polish, German, and Jewish midwives and mothers in occupied western Poland during the Second World War.

Joanna Beata Michlic

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is a social and cultural historian, and founder and Director of HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the UCL Centre for the Study of Collective Violence, the Holocaust and Genocide, UCL Institute for Advances Studies, and an Honorary Senior  Associate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in London, and teaches at the Leo Baeck College in London. Her latest publication is an edited collective volume  Jewish Family 1939 –Present: History, Representation, and Memory, Brandeis University Press/NEUP, January 2017).

Denisa Nešťáková

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is a PhD student at Comenius University, Bratislava. Her research is on Arab-Jewish relations as reflected in the experiences of Christian German settlers in the British Mandate for Palestine. She has also researched the experience of Jewish women during World War II. She co-edited the seventh issue of Judaica et Holocaustica, on Women and World War II, and is co-organizing the 22nd Workshop on the History and Memory of Nazi Camps and Extermination Sites: Practices of Memory and Knowledge Production. She is currently on a MFA Scholarship, conducting research at the Yad Vashem Archives and Israel State Archive.

Dalia Ofer

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is the Max and Rita Haber Professor of Holocaust and East European Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (emerita). Her book Escaping the Holocaust: Illegal Immigration to the Land of Israel (in Hebrew, 1990; in English: OUP, 1998) received the Ben Zvi Award and the National Jewish Book AwardShe is the co-editor of several volumes: with Lenore J. Weitzman, Women in the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 1999); with Paula E. Hyman, Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia (Jerusalem, 2007), with Françoise S. Ouzan and Judy Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, Holocaust Survivors: Resettlement, Memories, Identities (Berghahn, 2012), and the editor of Israel in the Eyes of the Survivors (in Hebrew; Yad Vashem, 2014).

Anja Reuss

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has studied in Belgium, Israel, and the United States. One of her research priorities is the German occupation and annihilation policy in Belarus, 1941–44. From 2011 to 2014, she was the coordinator of a research project at the Humboldt University of Berlin and co-editor of a memorial book on Berlin Jews deported to the Minsk Ghetto (www.berlin-minsk.de). She is a board member of the Gesellschaft für Antiziganismusforschung (Association for Research on Antiziganism), and published, in 2015, a study on the continuities of the stigmatization of Sinti and Roma in Germany after World War II.

Sarah Rosen

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Sarah Rosen has been working at the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem since 2005 as an interviewer of Holocaust survivors. She earned her PhD in 2014 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a thesis The Collective and the Individual: Organization and Family,The internal life of the Jews in North Transnistria's Ghetto (Moghilev, Şargorod, Djurin, Murafa and  Berşad) 1941-1941. She has also published several articles on the life of Jews during the Holocaust in Northern Transnistria, including “Surviving in the Murafa Ghetto: A Case Study of One Ghetto In Transnistria.” Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History 16:1-2, 2010, 157-176.

Clara Royer

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is the director of CEFRES (Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales). After exploring the life trajectories and works of the inter-war generation of Jewish writers in Hungary, Slovakia, and Transylvania (Le Royaume littéraire, Paris, 2011), she has recently published her second book, on the Hungarian writer Imre Kertész (Imre Kertész: “l’histoire de mes morts”, Arles: Actes Sud, 2017). She is also the co-screenwriter of Son of Saul (2015) by the director László Nemes.

Joachim Schlör

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received his Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen in 1990, his theses was published as Nights in the Big City: Berlin, Paris, London 1840–1930 (University of Chicago Press, 1998) and his habilitation from the University of Potsdam in 2003 as Das Ich der Stadt: Debatten über Judentum und Urbanität, 1822–1938 (Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2005). Since 2006 he has been Professor of Modern Jewish / non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton. Among his latest publications are ‘Liesel, it’s time for you to leave’: Von Heilbronn nach England. Die Flucht der Familie Rosenthal vor nationalsozialistischer Verfolgung (Heilbronn: Stadtarchiv, 2016), and a special issue of dérive: Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, vol. 66, on ‘Judentum und Urbanität’.

Magdalena Sedlická

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is Head of the Shoah History Department in the Jewish Museum in Prague and a researcher in the project European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). She is a PhD candidate in History at Charles University, Prague. Since 2016, she has participated in the project Inclusion of the Jewish Population into the Post-war Czechoslovak and Polish Societies, at the Institute of Contemporary History, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Her main research interest is the history of the Jews of Czechoslovakia in the twentieth century, particularly post-war Jewish history.

Marcos Silber

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is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Jewish History, the University of Haifa. He has written on Polish-Israeli relations, migrations between the two countries, Jewish Diaspora Nationalism in Poland, Lithuania, and Russia in the early twentieth century as well as on Yiddish and Polish cinema and popular culture in inter-war Poland. With Szymon Rudnicki he has published a selection of documents on Polish-Israeli diplomatic relations, 194567 (2009, in Polish and Hebrew editions) and, in Hebrew, a book whose title translates as ‘Different Nationality, Equal Citizenship! The Efforts to Achieve Autonomy for Polish Jewry during the First World War’ (2014).

Stephan Stach

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is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, the Academy of Science, Prague, working on a history of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and Holocaust research in the Eastern Bloc. He has co-edited volumes on inter-war Polish nationalities policy (with Chrishardt Henschel, Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropaforschung, 62/2, 2013), dissidents’ memories of the Second World War and the Holocaust (with Peter Hallama, Gegengeschichte: Zweiter Weltkrieg und Holocaust im ostmitteleuropäischen Dissens, Leipzig, 2015), and the relationship between religion and law from the early modern period to the twentieth century (with Tracie L. Wilson and Yvonne Kleinmann, Religion in the Mirror of Law, Frankfurt am Main 2016).

Monika Stępień

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is a Research Assistant at the Department of Hebrew Studies, University of Warsaw, and is a member of the Polish Association for Jewish Studies. Her work has been published in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry and in Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia. She is currently involved in a research project, ‘Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow – Post-War Polish Cities as Depicted in Jewish Personal Accounts’, funded by the National Science Centre, Poland. She also works at the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow.

Michal Unger

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is senior lecturer for modern Jewish history at the Ashkelon Academic College, Israel (emerita). She is author and editor of several important publications about the ghetto in Łódź including  Łódź. The Last Ghetto in Poland (upcoming with Alabama University Press; in Hebrew, 2005) and Hebrew editions of two diaries: Josef Zelkowicz, In Those Terrible Days, Notes from the Łódź Ghetto (Yad Vashem, 2002) and Jakub Poznański, Dziennik z Łódzkiego getta (Yad Vashem, 2010).

Jarka Vítámvásová

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has a degree in History from Palacký University, Olomouc. Her chief area of research is the Second World War, post-war Czech history and the history of Jews of the Bohemian Lands. From 2009 to 2012, she was a coordinator of the Jewish Studies CET Academic Programs attached to the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague. She has published several articles, including one on the Jews of Jihlava during the Second World War. Currently, she is employed at the Archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague and coordinates the Czech section of ‘Yerusha’, an international project.

Sarah Wobick-Segev

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is a research fellow at the Koebner Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on the cultural and transnational history of modern European Jewry. She is currently completing her first monograph, Homes Away from Home: Leisure, Sociability and Jewish Belonging in Berlin, Paris and St Petersburg, 1890–1950s, an examination of how Jews reformulated patterns of belonging in the twentieth century through the employment of new leisure and consumer spaces. She is also the co-editor, with Gideon Reuveni, of the volume Speculation and Exchange: New Approaches to the Economy in Jewish History (Berghahn, 2011).

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The conference takes place in Villa Lanna, the participants will be accommodated there as well.

http://www.vila-lanna.cz

V Sadech 1
Prague  6
phone: +420 224 321 278

How to get there

From the airport
At the bus stop for the 119 bus, just outside the airport front doors, buy a 32-crown ticket from the yellow-orange ticket machine; it will cover for 90 minutes of travel by bus, tram, and Metro (underground) in Prague.  Take the 119 bus to the Nádraží Veleslavín Metro station, then go down the stairs to the Metro, and travel to the station Hradčanská. Villa Lanna is a ten-minute from the Hradčanská station (see below).

From the train or the coach station
Trains arrive at Prague Main Station (Praha Hlavní nádraží). From a yellow-orange ticket machine, buy a basic ticket for 32 crowns for 90 minutes of travel by all means of transport in Prague.

Enter the Metro directly at the train station, travel one station to Muzeum, and change onto the green line, which will take you to Hradčanská (the last stop before the Dejvice terminus). If travelling by coach, the Florenc bus station has its own Metro station: get onto the red line and change at Muzeum for the green line to Hradčanská.  Villa Lanna is a ten-minute from the Hradčanská station (see below).

The ten-minute walk from Hradčanská station to Villa Lanna
Head for the ‘Bubenečská’ exit, walk straight down Bubenečská Street. At Ronald Reagan Street, with the US Ambassador’s residence on the corner, turn right. At the end of the street, turn left into Pelléova Street. At the end of this street, you’ll see Villa Lanna.

For further tram and Metro information, including timetables and trip planning, visit the Prague Public Transport website .

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