Hana Kubatova is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. She received her Ph.D. in modern history from the Charles University in Prague, M.A. in nationalism studies from the Central European University in Budapest and a B.A. in political science and international relations from the Charles University. She was a research fellow at the Heinrich Heine University in Germany, the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Tel Aviv University in Israel and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of various awards, including the Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship, the Marie Curie Fellowship for Early Stage Training, the Felix Posen Fellowship, the Israel Government Scholarship, and the Gisela Fleischmann Scholarship. Her dissertation, turned into a book, is the first systematic work analyzing public mood and opinion towards official anti-Semitism in wartime Slovakia. She is currently researching both the continuities and the transformation of anti-Jewish sentiments in postwar Czechoslovakia.
Presented lecture: “Making Sense of Peacetime Violence: Jews, Slovaks, and the ‘others’ after 1945″
My paper revisits the immediately postwar anti-Jewish violence in the eastern part of Czechoslovakia. It does so by placing postwar antisemitism in a larger (and much more complicated) context of Jewish life in Slovakia after May 1945. Hence, we will begin with issues connected to citizenship and restitution before deconstructing the different then existing narratives of the Second World War. When it comes to anti-Jewish violence in postwar Slovakia, scholars have focused on the September 1945 infamous pogrom in Topoľany. Consequently, my presentation will zoom in on the less known but equally important pogrom of Kolbasov that took place on the night of December 6, 1945. Much of historiography perceives the robbing and killing that took place in the Snina district in November and December 1945 as acts committed by Ukrainian nationalist groups known as the Banderites. We will reevaluate the participation of the local population and what is more, to place anti-Jewish pogrom into a larger discussion on Slovak-Jewish relations during and after the Holocaust.
Selective List of Publications:
- Návraty: Poválečná rekonstrukce židovských komunit v zemích středovýchodní, jihovýchodní a východní Evropy (Praha: Karolinum, 2015, in print).
- “On the Image of the Jew in Postwar Slovakia”, in The Annual of Language & Politics and Politics of Identity 9 (2015), pp. 71-85.
- Nepokradeš! Nálady a postoje slovenského obyvatelstva k židovské otázce, 1938-1945 (Praha: 2013, English-language translation in review).
- “Jewish Resistance in Slovakia, 1938-1945”, in Patrick Henry (ed.), Jewish Resistance to the Nazis, 504-518 (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2014).
- “Popular Responses to the Plunder of Jewish Property in Wartime Slovakia”, in Jewish Studies at the Central European University VII (2013), eds. András Kovács – Michael L. Miller, pp. 109-126.