• To Terezín and Back Again: Czech Jews and their Bonds of Belonging from Deportations to the Postwar

    Author(s):
    Anna Hajkova (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Jewish Studies
    Subject(s):
    Czech culture, Holocaust studies, Jewish history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    20th Century, Holocaust, identity, czechoslovakia
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6F06F
    Abstract:
    What was Jewish belonging in Central Europe, and how was it influenced by the Holocaust? This article examines the ways in which Czech Jews negotiated their bonds with Jewishness immediately before, during and after the Second World War. Building on a theoretical framework of affiliation developed by Rogers Brubaker and Frederick Cooper, the essay portrays the differentiation among the Czech Jews in the Terezín (Theresienstadt) ghetto. Much of the ideological differences between the groups of Czech Jews were informed by access to resources and also emotional ties which played a key role in the menacing environment surrounding them. Rather than producing common Jewishness, Terezín generated differences. In the immediate postwar, ties to Jewishness were arbitrary and often accidental, only rarely corresponding with one’s previous affinities. The article argues that group belonging is situational and contingent on the social space.
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    Published
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