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2018 Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies – A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism in Hungary and Eastern Europe

Date: Tue. April 24th, 2018, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

For much of the twentieth century, Europe was haunted by a threat of its own imagining: Judeo-Bolshevism. This myth—that Communism was a Jewish plot to destroy the nations of Europe—was a paranoid fantasy. And yet fears of a Jewish Bolshevik conspiracy took hold during the Russian Revolution and spread across Europe. In this talk, Professor Hanebrink, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, asks why the myth of Judeo-Bolshevism endured for so long in Hungary and Eastern Europe and what legacy this idea has left for contemporary politics in the region.

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