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Coming to Terms with the Past: Immediate Post-war Retribution Procedures in Budapest

Fortepan / Mészáros Judit, image 135313
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This book project deals with the documentation of immediate post-Second World War transitional justice procedures, and it pays a special attention to the participation of the Holocaust survivors in the procedures.

This talk focuses on how the members of two occupational groups (lawyers and butchers) reconstructed after the war the actions their colleagues had been doing during the war. Both groups formed their own denazification committees, which were then checking on each and every colleague's wrongdoings. The research project asks questions about who took part in the denazification, what was the participants’ agency, and how did they reconstruct the wartime inner dynamism of a particular profession. The denazification files also shed light on the ways contemporaries perceived the responsibility of ordinary people in the persecution and side-lining of Jewish Hungarians between 1939-1945.