Magdalena Robtischer-Hahn

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011


Jews from Czechoslovakia who were part of the German cultural and language sphere before the war stood more or less outside the clearly delimited categories of the post-war world. They felt exposed to far more complex identity pressure in the Czech lands than was the case for assimilated Czech Jews.

Magdalena Robitscher-Hahn

Magdalena Robitscher-Hahn

By examining the collections of Leo Baeck Institute and YIVO, Monika Hanková will present the unique biography of Magdalena Robitscher-Hahn, a German-Jewish doctor from the Sudetenland, whose life story is taken as a basis for further work on the theme especially for deep analysis of specific theoretical issues connected with biographies of German-Jewish women from former Czechoslovakia.

This particular life story is a part of a biographic publication in progress which will focus on several biographies in gendered perspective. The aim is to demonstrate significant differences in Jewish women’s perception of their post-war experience using the example of selected life stories of individuals originating from different language environments existing in Czechoslovakia at that time, and subsequently their experience from emigration. Monika Hanková explores in detail various identities, including gendered aspects of discrimination that German Jews suffered within the national Czech context after World War II. Within the context of emigrant studies, the book should significantly contribute to people’s awareness about the difficult lives led by Central European Jews who were forced to leave their home country.

Monika Hankova

Monika Hankova

Monika Hanková is a Prins Foundation Fellow (Fellowship for Emigrating Artists and Writers-In-Residence) at the Center for Jewish History, New York. She is a historical biographer and curator specializing in modern Jewish history, Holocaust and Gender Studies. She’s a co-editor of Židé v Čechách (Jews in the Czech Lands), a biennial anthology focusing on modern history of the Jews especially in the former Sudetenland, published by The Jewish Museum in Prague. Her concern has been directed predominantly toward the periods 1945–1948 and the fifties in the context of the history of the Jewish community in the Czech lands, including the history of German Jews from Czechoslovakia after World War II. Her areas of specialization include also: thematics of memories and remembrance, oral history method, the issue of so called “mixed“ marriages, and the Orthodox organizations in post-war Czechoslovakia and in the U.S.

This event is co-presented with the Center for Jewish History.

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