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Intimacy and Persecution: Intermarried Families in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the Holocaust
March 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater – 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100
In her talk, Tatjana Lichtenstein will explore the experiences of intermarried families, Jews and non-Jews, during the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands (today’s Czech Republic). As in Germany and Austria, the number of people considered by the Nazi authorities to be in mixed marriages or people of mixed ancestry was substantial. These individuals inhabited a particular place in the Nazi radical order, one of relative privilege vis-a-vis Jewish families. Yet, their history is not well understood. Because of their initial exemptions from the harshest anti-Jewish legislation, including deportation, after the war, intermarried individuals themselves, other Jewish survivors as well as scholars downplayed the gravity and significance of these individuals’ experiences. In her talks, Lichtenstein will examine the fate of intermarried families and what this history can tell us about the Holocaust. 

Tatjana Lichtenstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Director of Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto (PhD), Brandeis University (MA), and the University of Copenhagen (BA/MA). before coming to UT in 2009, she was a Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lichenstein’s Research focuses on minorities, nationalism, state-building, war and genocide in Eastern Europe in the twentieth century. Her monograph, Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia: Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging, was published by Indiana University Press in 2016. Presently, Dr. Lichtenstein is working on a new book project entitled “Intimacy and Persecution: Jews, Non-Jews, and the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands.” It explores the experiences of intermarried Jewish and non-Jewish families during the Second World War. At UT, Dr. Lichtenstein teaches classes on the Holocaust and the World Wars in Eastern Europe. In these courses, she introduces students to the broad ideological and political background for the wars, to ordinary people’s wartime experiences, as well as to the legacies of mass violence in European societies. She has been part of the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on World War II since 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested.

This lecture is sponsored by The Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University.

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