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Miloslav Szabó
Research Fellow (10/2013 – 08/2014)

 

Antisemitism in Slovakia during the 1920s and 1930s

 

SZABOThis research project is the first to aim for a systematic treatment of the history of antisemitism in Slovakia in the time of the First Czechoslovak Republic. It aims to show that while antisemitism did not take on an institutionalised form until 1938, it was certainly an effective tool as semantic construct and object of political and social practice. Not least, the research will address the issue of in what way the antisemitic radicalisation in the autumn of 1938 could be based on factors of foreign or domestic policies. Beyond that, the continuities that exist in the antisemitism before and after 1938 are to be defined. The research project is aimed to contribute to the explanation of the Holocaust in Slovakia, that is, the planned disfranchisement of the Jewish population, the looting of Jewish property and the extradition of most of the Jewish citizens to Nazi Germany. It will do so by showing how the propagandistic invocation of a "Jewish Question" by the authoritarian regime and the search of a "solution" thereof shaped Slovakian politics as early as the 1920s and 1930s.

 

Miloslav Szabó, historian, PhD in 2004 from the Charles University in Prague with a dissertation on Alfred Rosenberg. Since 2007 study of the history of Slovakian antisemitism in the framework of the research group „Antisemitismus in Europa, 1879-1914" at the Centre for Antisemitism Research at the Technische Universität in Berlin, scholarship recipient of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Since 2011 engaged at a research project at the Jewish Museum in Prague.

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