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11/11/2018 - 11/13/2018 | Potsdam

Conference: Jewish Experiences in Eastern Europe, 1945-68

The Holocaust decimated Eastern Europe’s Jewish communities, but it didn’t obliterate them. Several million Jews were living in the Soviet Union and its newly expanded sphere of influence after the end of the Second World War. Fifty years later, this conference reconsiders Jewish experiences before 1968 and places them in the wider context of postwar European societies.

A joint conference of the Einstein Forum (, Potsdam, the Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF Potsdam) and the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and Eastern European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (

Conference Convenors:
Jan C. Behrends (Potsdam)
Juliane Fürst (Potsdam)
Mischa Gabowitsch (Potsdam)
Semion Goldin (Jerusalem)

Samuel Barnai, Jerusalem; Stefano Bottoni, Budapest; Naida-Michal Brandl, Zagreb; Kateřina Čapková, Prag; Diana Dumitru, Chișinău; Konstanty Gebert, Warschau; Zvi Gitelman, Ann Arbor; Jan T. Gross, Berlin; Pavel Kolář, Konstanz; Ilse Josepha Lazaroms, Frankfurt am Main/Utrecht; Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, Warschau; Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Galway; Andrea Pető, Budapest; Iryna Ramanava, Wilna; Joshua Rubenstein, Cambridge, Mass.; Dariusz Stola, Warschau

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018

Einstein Forum, Am Neuen Markt 7, 14467 Potsdam
No registration required.

7:00 PM
Jan Gross
Keynote lecture: Jewish Experiences in Eastern Europe, 1945–68

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

Einstein Forum, Am Neuen Markt 7, 14467 Potsdam
No registration required.

10:00 AM
Zvi Gitelman
Revival, Repression,and Restriction: Jews in Communist Regimes,1945–68

11:00 AM
Diana Dumitru
Jews in Soviet Moldavia and Romania after WWII: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

12:30 PM
Dariusz Stola
The History of the Jews in Communist Poland and its Representations since the 1980s

1:30 PM Lunch break

3:00 PM
Andrea Pető
Jews in Postwar Hungary: The Politics of Emotions

4:30 PM
Kateřina Čapková
Jews in Communist Czechoslovakia: Official and Private Sources

5:30 PM
Pavel Kolář
The Enemy Never Sleeps: Communist Concepts of the Other from Stalin to the Prague Spring, 1945–68

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

ZZF, Am Neuen Markt 9d, 14467 Potsdam
Please register by e-mailing Stephanie Karmann at:

9:30 AM
Panel discussion: Jewish Communists and Loyalists
Participants: Naida-Michal Brandl, Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, Pól Ó Dochartaigh
Chair: Mischa Gabowitsch

11:45 AM
Panel discussion: Communist Regimes and Antisemitism
Participants: Stefano Bottoni, Konstanty Gebert, Joshua Rubenstein
Chair: Juliane Fürst

1:15 PM Lunch break

2:15 PM
Panel discussion: Everyday Life,1945–68
Participants: Samuel Barnai, Ilse Josepha Lazaroms, Iryna Ramanava
Chair: Jan Behrends

4:30 PM
Panel discussion: Directions for Research
Participants: Kateřina Čapková, Zvi Gitelman, Dariusz Stola
Chair: Semion Goldin

Information on participating / attending:
For Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018, please register by e-mailing Stephanie Karmann at


11/11/2018 19:00 - 11/13/2018 16:30

Event venue:

Einstein Forum
Am Neuen Markt 7

Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung
Großer Seminarraum
Am Neuen Markt 9d
14467 Potsdam

Target group:

Journalists, Scientists and scholars

Email address:


transregional, national

Subject areas:

History / archaeology, Politics, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Marion Schlöttke



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