The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Avraham Harman Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem present:
March 9, 2021, 1:00-2:30PM (EST), 8:00-9:30PM (Jerusalem time)
A conversation on The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of Theresienstadt (Oxford UP, 2020), by Anna Hájková
Challenging conventional claims of Holocaust exceptionalism, Anna Hájková examines the prisoner society in the Theresienstadt ghetto using the same analytical tools as for other historical events. In this way, she argues, the prison societies that developed during the Holocaust can be best understood. Her book, The Last Ghetto, offers a new, modern history of Theresienstadt from a transnational, cultural and social lens. Liberated the day after the end of World War II, Theresienstadt was literally “The Last Ghetto.” Amos Goldberg and Anna Hájková will discuss authority, responsibility, boundaries and belonging, as they are revealed in the extreme conditions of the social hierarchy in the ghetto, and how these ultimately influenced the fate of the prisoner.
Anna Hájková is an associate professor of modern European continental history at the University of Warwick
Amos Goldberg is the Jonah M. Machover Chair in Holocaust Studies and the head of the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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