20.10.2022 I 6:30 p.m. I Online-Panel (Zoom)

Burdened memory: The state of culture of remembrance in Hungary

How about the culture of remembrance in Hungary? What is remembered? Are the crimes of the Hungarian Nazis currently being set off against those of the Communists? What role does state remembrance take in this? What are the current challenges the country is facing? We invite you to a online-discussion about these questions together with:

Andrea Pető (Historianund Professor for Gender Studies

Attila Pók (Historian, Professor)

Andrea Tompa (Writer, Professor, Theater Critic)


The panel will take place at Zoom and will be in English. To participate, please email us at: internationalroundtable@revolutionale.de and we will send you the login details.

The event is part of the series “Regional Perspectives on Remembrance”.


Andrea Pető is a historian and a Professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Vienna, Austria, a Research Affiliate of the CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest, and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her works on gender, politics, Holocaust, and war have been translated into 23 languages. In 2018 she was awarded the 2018 All European Academies (ALLEA) Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She is Doctor Honoris Causa of Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. Recent publications include: The Women of the Arrow Cross Party. Invisible Hungarian Perpetrators in the Second World War. Palgrave, Macmillan, 2020. . And Forgotten Massacre: Budapest 1944. DeGruyter, 2021. She writes op-ed pieces for many international and national media.

Andrea Tompa is a writer and an associate professor at the Babeș-Bolyai University, Hungarian Theater Department, Cluj, Romania. She holds her PhD in Russian literature. She has been working as a theater critic for two decades, being the editor-in-chief of theater magazine Színház until 2019. Her major field of interest and research is contemporary Hungarian theater, and 20th century Hungarian theater history in Romania. She is also a novelist, who published four novels. Her novels deals with the burdened past of Hungarians. Her first novel, The Hangman’s House was published by Seagull Books in English, her novel Omerta came out at Suhrkamp Verlag in Germany in 2022. She lives in Budapest.

Attila Pók is senior researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (Hungary). He was (1996-2018) deputy director of the Institute of History at the Research Centre for Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Secretary General (2007-2015) of the Hungarian Historical Association and Visiting Professor of History at Columbia University in New York (1998-2013). His publications and courses cover three major fields: 19th-20th century European political and intellectual history, history of modern European historiography with special regard to political uses of history and theory and the methodology of history writing.