Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Upcoming events

Each year we host a series of free seminars and lectures which is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public.

For more information about events, contact Dr Paul Moore by email at pm294@le.ac.uk.


2021-22

German Jews fleeing Nazi Persecution: Trauma, Privilege, and Adventure in the 'Orient'

The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2022 Holocaust Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union, New York).

International Women’s Day Book Talk: Anna Hájková: Women in Theresienstadt: A New History of Gender and the Holocaust 

Organised by the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

  • 8 March, 5.30 pm
  • The event will be a hybrid format - see below for booking

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester is hosting a Hybrid Book Talk given by Anna Hájková on 'Women in Theresienstadt: A New History of Gender and the Holocaust'.

Terezín, as it was known in Czech, or Theresienstadt, as it was known in German, was operated by the Nazis between November 1941 and May 1945 as a transit ghetto for Central and Western European Jews before their deportation for murder in the East. Today, Theresienstadt is best known for the Nazi propaganda of the International Red Cross visit, cultural life, and children. But these aspects explain little what defined the lives of its 140,000 inmates. The Last Ghetto offers both a modern history of this Central European ghetto and the first in-depth analytical history of a prison society during the Holocaust.

Gender was one of the most important categories of the inmate society in Terezín. The ways people understood belonging, propriety, and kinship was profoundly gendered. Over the past twenty years, questions about women and the Holocaust have become the most inspirational for Holocaust studies. On the International Women’s Day, Anna Hájková will offer insights on the experience and coping strategies of women in Theresienstadt prisoner society.

Details

The event will be a hybrid format. If you register, details on the 'on campus' venue at the University of Leicester and the link to join online will be sent to you a few days prior to the event.

Book the event via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions regarding the event, you can email us at burtoncentre@leicester.ac.uk.

About the speaker

Dr Anna Hájková is Associate Professor of Modern Continental European History at the University of Warwick. Her first book, The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of Theresienstadt, was published in 2020 by Oxford University Press. Her article “Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide“ was awarded the Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship in 2013. She is working on two projects: a generational history of Communists in Central Europe, 1930-1970, and a study of transgressive sexuality in the Holocaust, as part of which she is writing a book on a Neuengamme guard and queer Holocaust history. Her work on queer history of the Holocaust has been published in Czech, German, British, US, and Israeli newspapers. She guest edited a special issue of German History on Holocaust, Sexuality, Stigma.


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