Lunch & Learn featuring Martin Beck Matuštík and Anna Cichopek-Gajraj

March 16, 2016
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Coor Hall, Rm 4401
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Out of Silence: Repair across Generations by Martin Beck Matuštík — the Award-Winning Finalist for the International Book Awards 2015 Autobiography/Memoirs — is the story of one man’s journey through three generations and five continents to find — and heal — a past he didn’t know existed.


In 1997, Martin Beck Matuštík made a dramatic discovery at the age of forty: he was the child of a Holocaust survivor. His mother’s shocking secret came from the most unlikely of places—shoeboxes full of her literary and personal archives. These dramatic revelations changed his life forever and set him on a path to discover his true identity. His research unveiled his mother’s remarkable life—and the truth behind her painful decision to reject her Jewish heritage and keep it hidden from her family.



Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-48 by Anna Cichopek-Gajraj


Recipient of the 2015 Barbara Heldt Prize honorable mention for the best book by a woman in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Studies by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS), this book tells of Polish and Slovak Holocaust survivors returning to homes that no longer existed in the aftermath of World War II. It focuses on their efforts to rebuild their lives in the radically changed political and social landscape of post-war Eastern Europe. The analysis shifts the perspective from post-war violence and emigration to post-war reconstruction. Using a comparative approach, Anna Cichopek-Gajraj discusses survivors’ journeys home, their struggles to retain citizenship and repossess property, their coping with antisemitism, and their efforts to return to ‘normality’. In essence, by focusing on the daily efforts of Polish and Slovak Jews to rebuild their lives, the author investigates the limits of belonging in Eastern Europe after the Holocaust.




Organized by the Center for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies.