"Encounters": A conversation on Anna Hájková’s new book "The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of Theresienstadt" (Oxford UP, 2020). 03/09/21, 1:00PM (EST)

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With: Anna Hájková, Associate Professor of modern European continental history, the University of Warwick; and Amos Goldberg, Jonah M. Machover Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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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.


“Encounters”: this event is held simultaneously in Amherst and Jerusalem in collaboration with the Avraham Harman Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Registration is required to attend this Webinar. Register here: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ld5wFNKWQB6Xi3vCEpjGQQ

For more information, please contact us at either ihgms@umass.edu or bilha.shilo@mail.huji.ac.il