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THE CHILDREN’S REPUBLIC OF GAUDIOPOLIS - The History and Memory of a Children's Home for Holocaust and War Orphans (1945–1950)

Book Launch
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

with GERGELY KUNT / Author, Research Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust-Studies

& MICHAEL L. MILLER / Head of the CEU Nationalism Studies Program, co-founder of the CEU Jewish Studies program

Time: Tuesday, March 7, 6pm

Venue: Singer Bookshop, Rabensteig 3, 1010 Vienna

ABSTRACT | Gaudiopolis (The City of Joy) was a pedagogical experiment that operated in a post–World War II orphanage in Budapest. The book tells the story of this children’s republic that sought to heal the wounds of wartime trauma, address prejudice and expose the children to a firsthand experience of democracy.


BIO | Gergely Kunt is a social historian and Associate Professor at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. He is one of the founding members of the European Ego-Documents Archive and Collections Network (EDAC). He was European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust-Studies; Core Fellow at Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University; Weickart Postdoctoral Fellow at Fritz Bauer Institut at University of Frankfurt am Main.