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Simon Wiesenthal Lectures


The Simon Wiesenthal lecture series takes place regularly every six to eight weeks and aims to present the latest research findings on the Holocaust to both a professional and a broader audience. They take into account the impressive spectrum of this discipline, the numerous questions and issues from empirical-analytical historiography to topics of cultural studies and involve young scholars as well as established academics.


Since 2007, when the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) was still being established, the lecture series – at that time in cooperation with the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) and the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna– has developed into the flagship of the VWI's outreach activities as a supporting element in the communication of recent academic findings in the field of Holocaust research and Holocaust and genocide studies.


For over a decade, the Austrian State Archives generously offered shelter to the Simon Wiesenthal Lectures in the roof foyer of the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv. During the challenging years of the pandemic, the lectures were held online. From autumn 2022, in order to reach out to further audiences, a new cooperation partner was found in the Wien Museum. Until the reopening of the main location at Karlsplatz, the SWL will take place at MUSA, Felderstraße 6-8, next to the Vienna City Hall.



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Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Hana Kubátová: Peasants, Elites, and Other Locals. The Making of the Holocaust in Eastern Slovakia

Thursday, 6. May 2021, 18:30 - 20:00

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This lecture addresses the making of the Holocaust in the poorest and ethnically most diverse Slovak region during World War II, the Šariš Zemplín County. With approximately 440,000 people living here, the region was home to Slovaks, Hungarians, Germans, Czechs, Ruthenians, and the country’s largest Jewish and Roma populations. Poor living conditions were exacerbated by high unemployment, almost zero industry, unstable weather conditions, and inadequate soil fertility, leaving the region and its people virtually dependent on assistance from the center. Placing the concepts of the periphery, belonging, and social corruption at the center of analysis, this presentation looks into individuals’ actions within social structures, exploring how both peasants and local elites negotiated hierarchies of authority and power amid growing anti-Jewish persecution.

Hana Kubátová is an Assistant Professor at the Charles University and head of its Center for the Transdisciplinary Research of Violence, Trauma and Justice. Her research interests include majority-minority relations in wartime and postwar Slovakia, identity construction, and microdynamics of (ethnic) violence. Hana Kubátová's contributions have appeared in Contemporary European History, Holocaust Studies: Journal of Culture and History, Nations and Nationalities, and other scholarly outlets. Her upcoming special issue of East European Politics and Societies, co-edited with Natalia Aleksiun, explores biographies of belonging in the Holocaust. 

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