Stenotypist class in Reichenbach/Rychbach/Dzierżoniów, 1946. Courtesy of the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Wrocław

Zvi Gitelman: Revival, Repression, and Restriction: Jews in Communist Regimes, 1945–68
Diana Dumitru: Jews in Soviet Moldavia and Romania after WWII: What We Know and What We Don’t Know
Dariusz Stola: The History of the Jews in Communist Poland and Its Representations Since the 1980s
Andrea Pető: Jews in Postwar Hungary. The Politics of Emotions
The Enemy Never Sleeps: Communist Concepts of the Other from Stalin to the Prague Spring, 1945–68

Sunday, Nov 11 – Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

Jewish Experiences in Eastern Europe, 1945-1968

Conception: Jan C. Behrends, Potsdam; Juliane Fürst, Potsdam; Mischa Gabowitsch, Potsdam; Semion Goldin, Jerusalem
Participants: Samuel Barnai, Jerusalem; Stefano Bottoni, Budapest; Naida-Michal Brandl, Zagreb; Kateřina Čapková, Prague; Diana Dumitru, Chișinău; Konstanty Gebert, Warsaw; Zvi Gitelman, Ann Arbor; Jan T. Gross, Berlin; Pavel Kolář, Konstanz; Ilse Josepha Lazaroms, Frankfurt am Main/Utrecht; Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, Warsaw; Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Galway; Andrea Pető, Budapest; Iryna Ramanava, Vilnius; Joshua Rubenstein, Cambridge, Mass.; Dariusz Stola, Warsaw

The Holocaust decimated Eastern Europe’s Jewish communities, but it didn’t obliterate them. Several million Jews were living in the Soviet Union and its newly expanded sphere of influence after the end of the Second World War. Their postwar experiences are often seen as an epilogue to the Shoah, or else portrayed as an interlude cut short by the communist regimes’ anti-Zionist campaigns and the renewed wave of emigration they caused. Fifty years later, this conference reconsiders Jewish experiences before 1968 and places them in the wider context of postwar European societies.

The event will be held in English