Ferenc Laczó, Ph.D. (2011), is Assistant Professor in contemporary European history at Maastricht University. He has published peer reviewed articles in Holocaust Studies, the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, and the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook.
Intellectual historians, historians of the Jews and the Holocaust, as well as historians of Central and Eastern Europe.
"This is an innovative and extremely important study about a basically unexplored subject in the history of the Holocaust. It focuses on the rich variety of responses by Hungarian Jewish intellectuals to the catastrophe that befell Hungary’s Jewry during the Nazi era. Based on extensive and meticulous research, Ferenc Laczó’s study sheds light on one of the darkest eras in Hungarian and Hungarian-Jewish history."
Randolph L. Braham, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
"Ferenc Laczó has not only filled an important gap in the history of the Holocaust in Hungary. With this methodologically innovative, highly original study, he reshapes our understanding of the ways in which Jews responded to their persecution before, during and after those terrible events."
Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London
Ferenc Laczó has written a subtle and thorough intellectual history of Hungarian Jewish thought coming into and emerging out of the Second World War. It is a rare story in which people remain, but ideas change. He shows how the Holocaust cut across intellectual traditions, changing their course forever. Nonetheless, it is the ongoing presence of Hungarian Jews and the brief interlude of intense reflection following the war that forms the centerpiece of the book, and offers the strongest argument for why this case study matters.
Holly Case, Cornell University
Table of contents
Hungarian Jewry before and after the Holocaust
Jewish Intellectual History and the Case of Hungary
Themes and Sources
Jewish Studies in the Horthy Era
Intellectual Agendas in the Shadow of Looming Catastrophe
Conceptions of Jewish Culture
From Creating to Saving Jewish Culture
Narratives of Crisis
The Audible Voices of the Persecuted
Hungarian Jewish Scholars and the Horthy Era
A Contemporary History of Nazism
Articulating the Unprecedented
The DEGOB Interview Protocols
Annihilation and Death Camps
Witnessing the Gas Chambers
The Privileged among the Terrorized
On the Devil’s Island, on Tortured Roads
Nazism as Falsified Genealogy
The Profound Ambivalences of a Key Witness
An Integrated History of the Holocaust in Hungary
A Communist Panorama of the European Jewish Catastrophe
Main Primary Sources
Main Secondary Sources. Books
Main Secondary Sources. Articles