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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Justyna Majewska: "I Don't Know When Exactly...", The Idea of Time: Understanding Present and Future in the Warsaw Ghetto

Thursday, 4. April 2019, 12:00 - 14:00

Institut für Zeitgeschichte der Universität Wien, Seminarraum 2, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Wien


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MajewskaJustyna Majewska’s dissertation, Visions of Social Change in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1942, analyses social pressures on the Warsaw Ghetto’s Jewish community from the perspective of Jews, Nazi Germans and Poles. Her presentation will focus on one particular question from her dissertation: How did Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto understand the present and envision the future? Although the Nazis saw the Jewish community in the ghetto as homogeneous, it was a complex group with a variety of political circles who were able to remain active. Zionists, Socialists and Bundists, acculturated and religious Jews, had different visions for not only how to survive the present but also how to build a Jewish future. Intense debates focused on the anticipated social structure of Jewry, the language Jews would speak, Jewish education, and the professions that the post-war generation would pursue.

Using the sociological concepts of quantitative and qualitative time, the presentation will cover how Jews understood social time, 'colonised' the future, and perceived the past, present and future in the Warsaw Ghetto. Answers to question of time will be drawn from documents gathered already during the war by the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto (Ringelblum Archive).

Justyna Majewska is a Junior Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. She also works in the Research Department at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. She has published in Zagłada Żydów. Studia i materiały (Holocaust Studies and Materials) and East European Jewish Affairs.

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