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Anna Szász
Junior Fellow (10/2012 – 06/2013)

Exploring the Memory of the Roma Holocaust in Hungary


SzaszThe proposed research investigates the memory of the Roma Holocaust. By exploring it I prefer to use the term “collected memory” (Young, 1993) suggesting that instead of a coherently structured collective memory memories are scattered. Taking it as a methodological tool in each chapter of my research I explore an aspect of the cultural history of the memory of the Roma Holocaust: (1) the socio-historical context of its public discourse; (2) monuments, memorials and public remembrances; (3) museums, temporary and permanent exhibitions organized on the topic of the Roma Holocaust or on the Holocaust; (4) Roma Holocaust representations in photographs; (5) Roma Holocaust representations in films; (6) Roma Holocaust representations in visual art. In my research I propose that visual art has gained a relevant role in the maintanence of collective memory and has been a successful tool which transforms minds into visual and imaginative ways of framing various points of history.


Anna Lujza Szász, sociologist, got her degrees at the Central European University in Nationalism Studies and at the University College London in Critical Cultural Studies. Currently she has been a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program, Eötvös Lóránd University, and one of the curators of the European Roma Cultural.

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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is funded by:


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