The book “Yellow Star, Red Star” by Prof. Dr Jelena Subotic from the Department of Political Science at the Georgia State University was presented at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, on 13 December 2021.
Yellow Star, Red Star presents in-depth accounts of Holocaust remembrance practices in Serbia, Croatia, and Lithuania, and extends the discussion to other East European states. The book demonstrates how countries of the region used Holocaust remembrance as a political strategy to resolve their contemporary “ontological insecurities”—insecurities about their identities, about their international status, and about their relationships with other international actors. As Subotić concludes, Holocaust memory in Eastern Europe has never been about the Holocaust or about the desire to remember the past, whether during communism or in its aftermath. Rather, it has been about managing national identities in a precarious and uncertain world.
On behalf of the host institution, Prof. Dr Dragan Simić, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, and Prof. Dr Filip Ejdus, Head of the Centre for International Security, welcomed the audience. Emphasizing the academic and social relevance of the book topic, they highly praised the author of the book and the publishing house Clio for translating it into Serbian.
In her one-hour address, Jelena Subotić elaborated on the key issues and theses of the book, her motivation for its writing, and answered the questions from the audience.
Video of the entire event will soon be available on our website. In the meantime, check out the photos and read more about the event on the Faculty of Political Science website.
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