Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Virtual Book Talk: Modern Times: The Biography of Hungarian-Jewish Family

June 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Part of the Library’s Excavation-Confrontation-Repair? Family Histories of the Holocaust events series.

The Wiener Holocaust Library is delighted to host a virtual book talk with Prof Stephen Pogany, led in conversation Dr Gábor Kádár.

Beginning with the final decades of the doomed Austro-Hungarian Empire, Prof Stephen Pogany explores the lives of his mother’s family in Budapest and in the spa town of Balatonfüred. Drawing on a wide range of historical and literary sources, as well as extended interviews with family members and Holocaust survivors, Modern Times examines the reality of Hungarian-Jewish life in the first half of the twentieth century. In contrast to the familiar tropes that portray Jews as wealthy and privileged, many of Hungary’s Jews, like most of the ones we encounter in this memoir, toiled at menial jobs for low pay while facing growing prejudice and discrimination in the years leading up to the Holocaust.

About the speakers:

Prof Stephen Pogany is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick, where he specialised in international and comparative human rights law. He has written extensively on antisemitism and anti-Gypsyism in East Central Europe, particularly in Hungary. In October 2021, his family memoir, Modern Times: The Biography of a Hungarian-Jewish Family was published in the UK.

Dr Gábor Kádár is a recurrent visiting professor of the Jewish Studies Program at Central European University. He is former Senior Historian of the Hungarian Jewish Archives, Budapest. He is the author and co-author of six monographs and numerous studies, articles and encyclopedia entries regarding various aspects of the Holocaust, the history of Jews in Hungary as well as the history of genocide and ethnic violence in Central Europe. He is the Director of the Yerusha Project, a digital humanities initiative by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe as well as a member of the Digital Forum Advisory Board of the European Association of Jewish Studies.


Event guidelines:

1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.

2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.

4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

Book now


The Wiener Holocaust Library
View Organiser Website


The Wiener Holocaust Library
The Wiener Holocaust Library
London, WC1B 5DP United Kingdom
+ Google Map

We need your support more than ever. Help us preserve the truth.

We are an independent charity dependent on your support. We need to raise over a quarter of a million pounds each year for our work to continue and this is only possible with your help.

With your support we can continue to;

  • Be a world leading Holocaust archive
  • Offer a vital learning resource to oppose anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice.
  • Reach out to our worldwide audience of over two million people
  • Preserve our archive for future generations so they can learn the lessons of the past
  • Provide a free program of public events and exhibitions

Support the Library

Black and white photograph of three girls sitting and reading


Add Your Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

Heritage Fund The Association of Jewish Refugees Federal Foreign Office
Donate Donate