The persecution and systematic murder of the Jews throughout Europe and beyond during the National Socialist regime in Germany (1933–45) – now known as the Holocaust or Shoah – is a turning point in history in many ways and has aptly been called a crisis of civilization. More than seven decades after the end of the Second World War, study and reflection on this unprecedented crime is still a vital issue for historical learning in Europe and worldwide. This is why we devote the 5th issue of Remembrance and Solidarity Studies to Holocaust history and remembrance.
The newest issue of Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in 20th- Century European History is available online
The 4th issue – entitled “The memory of economic crisis” – focuses on depressions, recessions, shortages, and hyperinflation. These topics are not often a subject of memory studies, however memories of war and revolution often center on the economic experience of these events.
Therefore, scholars look among others into Living in Warsaw under Hyperinflation in 1923 (by Izabela Mrzygłód), Parallels of Economic Business Cycles in Slovakia (by Ľudovít Hallon), Public Transportation in Budapest in 1945-46 (by Zsuzsa Frisnyák) and discuss The Possibility of Remembering Economic Crisis (by Łukasz Mańczyk).
The special issue of Remembrance and Solidarity. Studies in 20th Century European History has just been published online. This issue is entirely devoted to the changes of 1989 and their legacy.
Seven decades following the end of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camps, the unprecedented persecution and comprehensive murder campaign of the Jews is a central and challenging point of reflection and coping in the memoryof European history.
The Remembrance and Solidarity Studies Editorial Board invites authors to participate with thematically relevant contributions – only unpublished articles, book reviews, or conference reports will be considered.
As there are several periodicals entirely dedicated to Holocaust research, we intend to focus on issues that are relevant to our journal. As the Holocaust was a European-wide event, we welcome new research in varied disciplines that tackles this dimension, whether in real time or in post-1945 history and memory. Contributions can deal with the following aspects (though other aspects will be considered too):
1) Trans-national recurring characteristics of the persecution, whether on the national, regional and local level (actors, authorities, administrations and conditions);
2) Similarities and differences in the reaction and attitudes of non-Jewish society towards the persecution (offenders, volunteers, spectators, paid and non-paid rescuers);
3) Intellectual and social pioneers of the murder of the Jews, whether individuals or social movements;
4) Actions and survival strategies of Jews coping with the occupation and extermination policies, whether as individuals or in organized form;
5) The memory of and coping with the Holocaust in historiography and historical research, education, literature and the media before, during and after the Cold War; the competition and conflicts in Holocaust Remembrance in general and especially in Central and Eastern Europe;
6) The relevance of the Holocaust to other cases of genocide and to crimes against humanity, as well as evaluations of the discourse on the relationship between the Holocaust and Stalin's crimes.
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