Roundtable: 100,000 Lost: Child Victims of the Holocaust in Hungary

Mon 22 Oct 2018, 6pm – 8pm
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide
29 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DP

Every tenth victim of the Holocaust was a Hungarian citizen, a victim group constituting half a million people. Among them, more than one hundred thousand were children and teenagers. Most of their names and stories are unknown. Although Anne Frank, one of the most well-known victims of the Holocaust, was herself a child, the perspectives and experiences of child victims (Hungarians and others) are often marginal in mainstream Holocaust research, education and remembrance.

With the support of the Europe for Citizens Program of the European Commission, The Wiener Library has been working in partnership with the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, the Anne Frank House and the Komarno Jewish Community to explore, collect and publicise the personal stories of Hungarian Jewish child victims of the Holocaust. Stemming from this effort, this event will feature a panel with presentations and roundtable discussion by three outstanding experts of Holocaust history, Professor Tim Cole, Professor Dan Stone and Dr Gabor Kadar. The panellists will illuminate various approaches to research into the fate of Hungarian Jewish children, including lesser-known aspects of this history.

Chaired by:
Dr Christine Schmidt, is Deputy Director and Head of Research at The Wiener Library, where she oversees exhibition curation and academic programming. Her work has focused on the International Tracing Service archive, the concentration camp system in Nazi Germany and comparative studies of collaboration and resistance in France and Hungary.

Tim Cole, Professor of Social History and Director of the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol, has wide ranging interests in social and environmental histories, historical geographies and digital humanities and also works within the creative economy. His core research has focused in the main on Holocaust landscapes – both historical and memory landscapes – writing books on Holocaust representation (Images of the Holocaust/Selling the Holocaust, 1999), the spatiality of ghettorization in Budapest (Holocaust City, 2003), social histories of the Hungarian Holocaust (Traces of the Holocaust, 2011) and the spatiality of survival (Holocaust Landscapes, 2016) as well as co-editing a collection of essays emerging from an interdisciplinary digital humanities project he co-led (Geographies of the Holocaust, 2015).

Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a historian of ideas who works primarily on twentieth-century European history. His research interests include: the history and interpretation of the Holocaust, comparative genocide, history of anthropology, history of fascism, the cultural history of the British Right and theory of history. He is the author or editor of sixteen books and some eighty scholarly articles. His most recent publications include Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Yale University Press, 2015) and Concentration Camps: A Short History (Oxford University Press, 2017), which will be published in paperback in OUP’s Very Short Introductions series. Until 2019 he is engaged on a three-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for a project entitled Tracing the Holocaust: European History through the International Tracing Service.

Gábor Kádár, PhD, is the former Senior Historian of the Hungarian Jewish Archives, Budapest. He is the author and co-author of six monographs and numerous studies, articles and encyclopaedia entries regarding various aspects of the Holocaust and the history of the Jews in Hungary. He is a co-creator of the permanent Hungarian exhibition in the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the permanent exhibition of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest. In 2005-2010 Dr Kádár offered courses at ELTE University, Budapest in comparative genocide and Holocaust studies. He is a visiting professor in the Jewish Studies Program of the Central European University. He has participated in and led various archival research projects as well as digital humanities initiatives. Currently he is Director of Yerusha, a digital humanities project by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe.

With support from Europe for Citizens, EACEA.

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