HIRA Book Launch

Tatsiana Astrouskaya's picture
September 28, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Jewish History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

The presentation


Handbook of Polish, Czech, and Slovak Holocaust Fiction

Works and Contexts (De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021)

September 28, 2021

18:00 –19:00 (CET)


with Elisa-Maria Hiemer (Herder Institute, Marburg), Jiří Holý (Charles University, Prague),  and Hana Nichtburgerová (Charles University, Prague)

Comment: Petr Brod (Journalist, Prague)

Chair: Charlotte Kitzinger (Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur, Gießen)


The Handbook of Polish, Czech, and Slovak Holocaust Fiction aims to increase the visibility and show the versatility of works from East-Central European countries. It is the first encyclopedic work to bridge the gap between the literary production of countries that are considered to be main sites of the Holocaust and their recognition in international academic and public discourse. It contains over 100 entries offering not only facts about the content and motifs but also pointing out the characteristic fictional features of each work and its meaning for academic discourse and wider reception in the country of origin and abroad.

The publication will appeal to the academic and broader public interested in the representation of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and World War II in literature and the arts. Besides prose, it also considers poetry and theatrical plays from 1943 through 2018. An introduction to the historical events and cultural developments in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Czech, and Slovak Republic, and their impact on the artistic output helps to contextualise the motif changes and fictional strategies that authors have been applying for decades.

The publication is the result of long-term scholarly cooperation of specialists from four countries and several dozen academic centres.

This  is an Open Access publication, the book is freely available on: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110671056/html


To register, please send an e-mail to: events-hira@herder-institut.de. You will receive an automatic response with the access data.

Contact Info: 

Tatsiana Astroskaya, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe 

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