Emigration from Paradise: Jewish Stories from Interwar Hungary


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

llse Josepha Lazaroms
German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University; Lecturer, Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University

Derek Penslar
William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University; President, American Academy for Jewish Research

In this talk Ilse Josepha Lazaroms will discuss her current book project Emigration from Paradise: Home, Fate and Nation in Post-World War I Jewish Hungary (forthcoming with Stanford University Press). The manuscript deals with the nature of national attachment and social exclusion in 1920s East Central Europe, and Hungary in particular, as well as the ways in which the personal, social and national traumas of these years reverberate until today.

It paves the way for a more integral and comparative view on modern Hungarian Jewish history and the East Central European region by including a transatlantic migratory perspective. The story, which is set at the point at which European civilization plunged into the depths of darkness, focuses on the life-stories of individual Hungarian Jews, thereby bringing the domain of the private into the world of politics, migrations and nation states.

Jews in Modern Europe Seminar