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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Lovro Kralj: Paving the Road of Death. Antisemitism in the Ustasha Movement 1929–1945

Wednesday, 15. January 2020, 15:00 - 17:00

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, Research Lounge 1010 Vienna, Rabensteig 3, 3rd Floor


VWI invites the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences

KraljThis presentation reinterprets the importance of antisemitism in the fascist Croatian Ustasha movement. Given the fact that the Ustasha ideological core was initially not antisemitic, questions as to why and how they adopted antisemitism have not been adequately answered to date. In this presentation, Kralj will challenge historiographical interpretations which reduce Ustasha antisemitism to a mere imitation of Nazism as well as the arguments that the Ustashe only participated in the Holocaust because of German pressure or appeasement. Kralj argues that the Ustashe adopted antisemitism as a key tool in the fascistisation of its ideology. The adoption of anti-communism, anti-capitalism, anti-democratic, and other attitudes were so closely intertwined with antisemitism that it became one of the main tools of ideology-building in the period from 1935 to 1940. Kralj will examine the interdependence of antisemitism and fascistisation through a quantitative analysis of Croatian National Socialist, clerical, nationalist, and Ustasha press in the period from 1929 to 1945.

Commented by Ljiljana Radonić

Lovro Kralj specialises in the fields of fascism, antisemitism, and Holocaust studies, with a geographic focus on Central and Southeastern Europe. In 2015, he started his PhD at the Central Eu-ropean University. Kralj has participated and presented at more than twenty international workshops and conferences, including Lessons & Legacies. He has received multiple fellowships, including the Sharon Abramson Research Grant for the Study of the Holocaust from the Holocaust Educational Foundation and a Junior Fellowship at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Ljiljana Radonić heads an ERC project entitled Globalized Memorial Museums. Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. She wrote her habilitation on World War II in Post-Communist Memorial Museums at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her PhD dealt with the War on Memory. Croatian Memory Politics between Revisionism and European Standards, Frankfurt 2010.

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