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Gergely Kunt

EHRI-Fellow (02/2017)


Comparing Austrian and Hungarian Mentalities Between 1938 and 1945


KUNTThrough Adolescents Diaries This project is a transnational comparative analysis of the mentality of the generation of Austrian and Hungarian adolescents born in the interwar period based on adolescent diaries, which is the only way of capturing the attitudes, prejudices and stereotypes of these societies on a microlevel and in a historical context. My research focusses on Christian as well as Jewish diarists in order to represent both the witnesses or bystanders and the victims of the Holocaust, and uses not only published ego-documents, but also unpublished manuscripts, including Hungarian and Austrian bystander diaries that are virtually unknown in Holocaust scholarship. This project focusses on the diary-writers’ religious, national, and political identities, including the similarities and differences between Austrian and Hungarian national identities, as well as the way Christian and Jewish religious ties affected the individuals’ self-definitions. To this end, it pays special attention to the comparative analysis of antisemitism and the reception of National Socialism in the two countries. 


Gergely Kunt is a social historian and Assistant Professor at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. His dissertation was a comparative analysis of the social ideas and prejudices of Jewish and non-Jewish adolescents during the Second World War as reflected in their diaries.Kunt earned his PhD in History at the University of Budapest (ELTE) in 2013. He has been collecting privately-owned diaries and has acquired numerous unpublished diary manuscripts from the period of the Holocaust and the Communist era. He is one of the founding members of the European Diary Archives and Collections (EDAC).

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