1st Edition

Jews and Gentiles in Central and Eastern Europe during the Holocaust
History and memory

ISBN 9780367264642
Published March 22, 2019 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Providing diverse insights into Jewish–Gentile relations in East Central Europe from the outbreak of the Second World War until the reestablishment of civic societies after the fall of Communism in the late 1980s, this volume brings together scholars from various disciplines – including history, sociology, political science, cultural studies, film studies and anthropology – to investigate the complexity of these relations, and their transformation, from perspectives beyond the traditional approach that deals purely with politics.

This collection thus looks for interactions between the public and private, and what is more, it does so from a still rather rare comparative perspective, both chronological and geographic. It is this interdisciplinary and comparative perspective that enables us to scrutinize the interaction between the individual majority societies and the Jewish minorities in a longer time frame, and hence we are able to revisit complex and manifold encounters between Jews and Gentiles, including but not limited to propaganda, robbery, violence but also help and rescue. In doing so, this collection challenges the representation of these encounters in post-war literature, films, and the historical consciousness. This book was originally published as a special issue of Holocaust Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Jews and Gentiles in Central and Eastern Europe during the Holocaust in history and memory

Hana Kubátová and Jan Láníček

2. Intimate violence: Jewish testimonies on victims and perpetrators in Eastern Galicia

Natalia Aleksiun

3. Helping, denouncing, and profiteering: a process-oriented approach to Jewish–Gentile

relations in occupied Poland from a micro-historical perspective

Agnieszka Wierzcholska

4. Geographies of obligation and the dissemination of news of the Holocaust

Michael Fleming

5. Was the antisemitic propaganda a catalyst for tensions in the Slovak-Jewish relations?

Michala Lônčíková

6. Memories of the Holocaust: Slovak bystanders

Monika Vrzgulová

7. The image of the "Jew" as an "enemy" in the propaganda of Late Stalinism and its reflection in the Czechoslovak context

Kateřina Šimová

8. Abandoned, confiscated, and stolen property: Jewish–Gentile relations in Hungary as reflected in restitution letters

Borbála Klacsmann

9. The "Holocausts" in Greece: victim competition in the context of postwar compensation for Nazi persecution

Kateřina Králová

10. Conceptions of the catastrophe: discourses on the past before the rise of Holocaust memory

Máté Zombory

11. Lamentations of a shopkeeper for his sluttish daughter? Tadeusz Borowski and His "Holocaust Socialist Realism"

Paweł Wolski

12. Nontraditional images of the Holocaust in Czech literature and cinema: comedy and laughter

Jiří Holý

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Hana Kubátová is an Assistant Professor at the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Jan Láníček is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


"Overall, this collection of essays provides a well-documented, multifaceted update on recent research regarding wartime Jewish–Gentile relations, how they have been “remembered” in Central and Eastern Europe, and how that memory operates today."

- Atil Rodal, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter