New Publication: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

The Cornell University Press has published a new book by Dr. Jelena Subotic, Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, on the memory of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe following the end of Communism.

Yellow Star, Red Star inquires about the reasons behind the troubled memory of the Holocaust in the countries where the most extermination took place. East European states were required to adopt and contribute to the established Western narrative of the Holocaust, which made the predominately Jewish Holocaust memory replace the communist terror as the dominant narrative in the region. Hence, the post-communist states have attempted to reconcile these two memories: the memory, symbols, and imagery of the Holocaust have been appropriated to represent crimes of communism. In her book Yellow Star, Red Star, Subotic presents in-depth accounts of Holocaust remembrance practices in Serbia, Croatia, and Lithuania, and extends the discussion to other East European states.

“Yellow Star, Red Star is a passionate and engaging study of the politics of Holocaust memory in Eastern Europe after communism. Jelena Subotic has produced a first-rate piece of scholarship and one that’s refreshingly enjoyable to read.”

~ Jeffrey Kopstein, University of California, Irvine, author of Intimate Violence

Sponsored by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Tel Aviv Review ran an interview with Dr. Subotic about her new book earlier this month, available here.

Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism is available for pre-order on the publisher’s website.