Lecture, January 18, 2011- Jason Wittenberg: Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms as Prelude to the Holocaust

The Central European University

Jewish Studies Project

cordially invites you to a lecture by

Jason Wittenberg

University of California, Berkeley

Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms as Prelude to the Holocaust.

Why do pogroms occur is some localities and not others? This question has puzzled both historians and social scientists. We address it through a focus on the wave of pogroms in Poland that occurred in the weeks after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. We find that pogroms are only weakly correlated with Polish and Ukrainian nationalism or Jewish sympathy for communism, but strongly related to the proportion of Jews that support ethnic parties. A key question is what this means for Polish and Ukrainian wartime culpability and the broader conditions under which pogroms are likely to occur.

Tuesday, January 18 at 6 p.m.

Gellner Room, Monument Building

Jason Wittenberg received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A former Academy Scholar at Harvard University, he is currently assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. His teaching and research interests include East European politics and empirical research methods. Professor Wittenberg is the author and co-author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. His book, Crucibles of Political Loyalty: Church Institutions and Electoral Continuity in Hungary (Cambridge University Press, 2006), is the 2009 winner of the American Political Science Association?s biennial Hubert Morken Award, given to the best publication dealing with religion and politics in 2006 or 2007. His current project examines the political sociology of authoritarianism and ethnic violence in Eastern Europe.

A reception will follow
Dóra Földes
Program Coordinator
CEU Nationalism Studies Program
CEU Jewish Studies Project
1051 Budapest, Nador u. 9. FT 205
Phone: +36 1 327-3000/2499
Fax: +36 1 235 6102

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