Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust

Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust – To Terezín and Back Again: Czech Jews and their Bonds of Belonging from Deportations to the Postwar

photo 1Dapim – Studies on the Shoah, is the inter-disciplinary academic journal of the  Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research.  We are privileged to be part of the same institute as this peer-reviewed bi-lingual academic journal.  Dapim is devoted to the inter-disciplinary study of the Holocaust, the Second World War and anti-Semitism.  Scholars from around the world contribute to this journal, and here in our MA program we benefit from learning from many of the featured authors.

This March, Dapim published the first issue of its 28th volume.  One of the articles featured in this issue is titled: “To Terezín and Back Again: Czech Jews and their Bonds of Belonging from Deportations to the Postwar” and is written by Dr. Anna Hájková. anna_hajkova_-_full_size  She is a faculty member of the department of History at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.  Dr. Hájková’s work focuses on the everyday history of the Holocaust and the making of postwar socialist East Central Europe.  The abstract of her article reads as follows:

What was Jewish belonging in Central Europe, and how was it influenced by the Holocaust? This article examines the ways in which Czech Jews negotiated their bonds with Jewishness immediately before, during and after the Second World War. Building on a theoretical framework of affiliation developed by Rogers Brubaker and Frederick Cooper, the essay portrays the differentiation among the Czech Jews in the Terezín (Theresienstadt) ghetto. Much of the ideological differences between the groups of Czech Jews were informed by access to resources and also emotional ties which played a key role in the menacing environment surrounding them. Rather than producing common Jewishness, Terezín generated differences. In the immediate postwar, ties to Jewishness were arbitrary and often accidental, only rarely corresponding with one’s previous affinities. The article argues that group belonging is situational and contingent on the social space.”

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To read more of Dr. Hájková’s work, and find out more about Dapim, click here, and to read more of the responses it received, click here.


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