What is everyday life, and how is it experienced in extremis? This is the broader question that animates the research of Anna Hájková, an associate professor of Modern Continental European History at the University of Warwick, UK. In this talk, Dr Hájková examines sex work, agency, sexual violence, and coercion of Jewish women and men in concentration camps, ghettos, and in hiding. The author of many articles and of the prize-winning book manuscript The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of Theresienstadt forthcoming with Oxford University Press, Hájková is currently working on a project titled Boundaries of the Narratable: Transgressive Sexuality and the Holocaust, a pioneering study of the reasons behind the narrative erasures of lesbians and gays who were deported as Jews and who subsequently vanished from the historical record.
Sponsor: Holocaust Living History Workshop at UC San Diego