The Parkes Institute is pleased to announce a new publication from Parkes scholars Dr Jan Láníček and Dr James Jordan. Governments-in-Exile and the Jews during the Second World War (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2013) is an exciting new contribution to the study of the Second World War.
While the examination of bystanders to the Holocaust has constituted an important part of Holocaust research in the last decades, historians have focused mainly on the two major Western Allied powers, the United States and the United Kingdom. This book broadens this important research area to include the other members of the anti-Hitler alliance and how they helped to shape the attitudes and responses to the Nazi persecution and extermination of European Jewry. Specifically, it looks at the ‘Jewish policy’ of the various governments-in-exile that were established during the war in London and elsewhere, offering for the first time a comparative perspective on an important topic. The book contains an extensive introductory essay by Antony Polonsky, along with contributions by leading academics, including Tony Kushner, Renée Poznanski, Rainer Schulze, and Dariusz Stola.
James Jordan is Karten Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He is currently researching the role and representation of Jews in British television from 1936-1979 and working on a related project on the Holocaust and the BBC. He is the author of From Nuremberg to Hollywood: The Holocaust in the Courtroom of American Fictive Film (forthcoming, 2013), and co-editor of Governments in Exile and the Jews of Europe (with Jan Lanicek, 2013), Jewish Journeys: From Philo to Hip Hop(with Tony Kushner and Sarah Pearce, 2010) and The Memory of the Holocaust in Australia (with Tom Lawson, 2008). He is the co-editor of the journal Holocaust Studies.
Jan Láníček works as Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He received a PhD from the University of Southampton and in 2011-12 worked as a Prins Foundation Postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York. He has published several articles on the history of the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia. His refined PhD dissertation will be published in May 2013 under the title Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938-48: Beyond Idealization and Condemnation (Palgrave Macmillan).