Join us as PhD candidate, Vanda Rajcan discusses her research investigating how the Slovak government used the retributive courts, a legal system established in 1945 to address crimes committed during World War II, to promote and legitimize postwar political, religious, and national programs. Slovak courts (slovenské l’udové súdy) not only redefined the wartime state’s collaboration with Nazi Germany and its complicity in the murder of Slovak Jewry, but also revealed deeper political, social, and religious tensions that connected them to the legacy of World War II, the complicated relationship between Czechs and Slovaks, nationalism, the Cold War, and Holocaust memory. She has presented her project extensively in the United States and across Europe. This event is free and open to all current OLLI members.
Speaker: Vanda Rajcan is a PhD candidate in Modern European History, specializing in Central and East Europe, Holocaust history, comparative genocide, and the history of minorities. She has held fellowships from several institutions including NorthwesternUniversity, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Auschwitz Jewish Center, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Fellowship).
This lecture is part of our Emerging Scholar lecture series where graduate students in history present their research on a variety of subjects. A short question and answer sessions follows each lecture.