Lunchtime Lectures is an event series intended to give alumni a taste of their college days.




Dr. Tatjana Lichtenstein  

“Why Holocaust and Genocide Studies? A Historian’s Perspective.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
noon–1 p.m.

In response to the question: “Why Holocaust and Genocide Studies?” many people would answer reflexively, “never again!” It is a mantra made familiar by K-12 education, countless published survivor testimonies, and popular films, dealing mainly—but not only—with the Holocaust. In this month’s lecture, Dr. Lichtenstein will offer a different perspective on the significance of Holocaust and genocide studies. 

Tatjana Lichtenstein earned a PhD from the University of Toronto, an MA from Brandeis University, and a BA/MA from the University of Copenhagen. Before coming to UT in 2009, she was a Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish studies at American University in Washington, D.C.  Since September 2017, she has been the director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT.  

Dr. Lichtenstein’s research focuses on minorities, nationalism, state-building, war, and genocide in Eastern Europe in the 20th century. Her monograph, Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia: Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging, was published by Indiana University Press in 2016. It explores how Zionist activists attempted to transform Jewish culture and society in ways that would allow Jews to claim belonging in the new multinational state.     

Presently, Dr. Lichtenstein is working on a new book project entitled Intimacy and Persecution: Jews, Non-Jews, and the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands. It explores the experiences of intermarried Jewish and non-Jewish families during World War II.   

Dr. Lichtenstein teaches classes on the Holocaust and the World Wars in Eastern Europe. In these courses, she introduces students to the broad ideological and political background for the wars, to ordinary people’s wartime experiences, as well as to the legacies of mass violence in European societies. She has been part of the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on World War II since 2014.