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Rescheduled Virtual Book Launch: The Last Ghetto – An Everyday History of Theresienstadt

April 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr Anna Hájková in conversation with Professor Dan Stone

We were delighted to launch Dr Anna Hájková’s book The Last Ghetto as part of the new Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership.

Front cover of "The Last Ghetto – An Everyday History of Theresienstadt" shows street scene in Theresienstadt

Terezín, as it was known in Czech, or Theresienstadt as it was known in German, was operated by the Nazis between November 1941 and May 1945 as a transit ghetto for Central and Western European Jews before their deportation for murder in the East. Terezín was the last ghetto to be liberated, one day after the end of the Second World War.

The Last Ghetto is the first in-depth analytical history of a prison society during the Holocaust. Rather than depict the prison society which existed within the ghetto as an exceptional one, unique in kind and not understandable by normal analytical methods,

Anna Hájková argues that such prison societies that developed during the Holocaust are best understood as simply other instances of the societies human beings create under normal circumstances. Challenging conventional claims of Holocaust exceptionalism, Hájková insists instead that we ought to view the Holocaust with the same analytical tools as other historical events.

The prison society of Terezín produced its own social hierarchies under which seemingly small differences among prisoners (of age, ethnicity, or previous occupation) could determine whether one ultimately lived or died. During the three and a half years of the camp’s existence, prisoners created their own culture and habits, bonded, fell in love, and forged new families. Based on extensive archival research in nine languages and empathetic reading of victim testimonies, The Last Ghetto is a transnational, cultural, social, gender, and organizational history of Terezín, revealing how human society works in extremis and highlighting the key issues of responsibility, agency and its boundaries, and belonging.

About the speakers:

Dr Anna Hájková

Dr Hájková is Associate Professor of Modern European Continental History at the University of Warwick. She regularly contributes to mass media in English, German, and Czech in the publications HaaretzSüddeutsche ZeitungTablet, and Tagesspiegel. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.

Professor Dan Stone

Professor Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at the Royal Holloway University of London. He is a historian of ideas who works primarily on twentieth-century European history. His research interests include the history and interpretation of the Holocaust, comparative genocide, history of anthropology, history of fascism, the cultural history of the British Right and theory of history.

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April 19, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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3 comments so far

  • Paul Fletcher says:

    I enjoyed, appreciated and learned the from Hanna’s utube presentation of the Communist resistance in Theresienstadt; and believe it is important to explore the role/context of Jewish communists and socialists (bund) in egalitarian struggles against fascism and for peace, justice and better more equal world: and to breach the silencing of these narratives/ collective and individual accounts of struggle and humanity due to pounding anti communist propaganda by the ruling capitalist class.

  • Richard Kafton says:

    I was most disappointed to find out at 2 minutes to 7pm that this event had been postponed.

    I had received no notifiction from the Library of Eventbrite that thus was the case—-very poor I’m afraid

    • The Wiener Holocaust Library says: [ Staff Member ]

      Dear Mr Kafton,

      We apologise to hear that you received no notification. Notice was sent out via the Library’s Eventbrite to all registrants, however, these automated messages can be directed to junk folders.

      Please sign up to the Library’s newsletter where we will be publishing news of the rescheduled event in the future: https://wienerholocaustlibrary.org/#newsletter

      Apologies once again.

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