Public Lecture by Andrea Pető "Researching Perpetrators During World War II: A Comparative Perspective"



Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies • Institute for Human Sciences •

School of Abducted Europe, Kyiv Biennial 2015•Laurus Press



invite to a public lecture by Andrea Pető


Researching Perpetrators During World War II:

A Comparative Perspective



The memory of WWII and the participation of the Hungarian state and its citizens in killing the Hungarian Jewish citizens is a contested memory. Dr. Pető bases the lecture on her recent book on female perpetrators during WWII in Hungary, where she interviews families in Budapest whose members were perpetrating war crimes. How do such families narrate these stories 70 years after the event? What is the relationship between the changing frameworks of memorialization of the Shoah on the individual level in Hungary? How is the participation of their families in violent events remembered in Hungary in comparison with research on the same topic in Germany and Austria? How to analyze gendered memory of violence based on family stories? What are the methodological challenges of using archival material (police reports, court testimonies, press material) together with oral history material about the same event?



Andrea Pető is Professor of Gender Studies at Central European University. She serves on the board of several journals in the field of womens history and contemporary European history. Among her most recent books are Political Justice in Budapest after World War II (with Barna Ildiko, 2015) and Women and the Holocaust: New Perspectives and Challenges (coed. with Louise Hecht and Karolina Krasuska, 2015).



The lecture will be held on Friday October 9, 2015 at 15:00

at the office of the NaUKMA Jewish Studies programs

(Kyiv, Voloska Street 8/5, building 5, basement)


All guests are requested to be seated by 15:00










Further readings on-line:

Pető, Andrea, “Arrow Cross Women and Female Informants” in Baltic Worlds, 2009: 3-4, pp. 48-52, and “Hungary 70”: Non-remembering the Holocaust in Hungary” in Culture & History Digital Journal 3(2) December 2014, 2016,

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