Monday, June 3, 2019
This panel discussion, organized in partnership with McGill-Queen's Press, and including accomplished scholars from different disciplines will review and debate the recently published English translation of one of the first detailed first hand accounts in Hungary to document how the Holocaust happened: "How IT Happened: Documenting the Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry." The original was written by Erno Munkacsi, the Secretary of the Jewish Council set up in March 1944 by the Nazis as they occupied Hungary and prepared to deport all Jews to their deaths with the aid of the Hungarian government. The original work has been expanded by a scholarly introduction and footnotes by one of the panelists, as well as a more personal Preface by Nina Munk whose father Peter Munk was a cousin of the book's author. The panel will be chaired by Steve Jobbitt of Lakehead U, and President of the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada. In addition to the scholars named above, the panel will also include Judy Young Drache, a child survivor of the Holocaust from Hungary.
- Ferenc Laczo, Professor of European History, Maastricht University
- Charlotte Schallie, Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria
- Richard Ratzlaff, Aquisitions Editor, McGill Queens' Press