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The Holocaust and its Contexts

Budapest Building Managers and the Holocaust in Hungary

Authors: Adam, Istvan Pal

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  • Challenges the existing categorization of actors of the Shoah era as simply perpetrators, victims, or bystanders
  • Considers other factors from the interwar period than solely pre-war antisemitism
  • Analyzes the wartime actions of a group of ordinary citizens in a much longer timeframe
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This book traces the role of Budapest building managers or concierges during the Holocaust. It analyzes the actions of a group of ordinary citizens in a much longer timeframe than Holocaust scholars usually do. Thus, it situates the building managers’ activity during the war against the background of the origins and development of the profession as a by-product of the development of residential buildings since the forming of Budapest. Instead of presenting a snapshot from 1944, it shows that the building managers’ wartime acts were influenced and shaped by their long-term social aspiration for greater recognition and their economic expectations. Rather than focusing solely on pre-war antisemitism, this book takes into consideration other factors from the interwar period, such as the culture of tipping. In Budapest, during June 1944, the Jewish residents were separated not into a single closed ghetto area, but by the authorities designating dispersed apartment buildings as ‘ghetto houses’. The almost 2,000 buildings were spread throughout the entire city and the non-Jewish concierges serving in these houses represented the link between the outside and the inside world. The empowerment of these building managers happened as a side-effect of the anti-Jewish legislation and these concierges found themselves in an intermediary position between the authorities and the citizens.

About the authors

Istvan Pal Adam is a Hungarian researcher who while writing this book has spent spells at the CEFRES French Research Center in Humanities & Social Sciences in Prague, at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC, and at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

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“Adam’s book is not ‘only’ a fascinating reading about how Jewish-Gentile lives were intertwined in wartime Budapest. Importantly, by examining the life of concierges inside and outside…  Adam contextualizes their actions (and inactions) vis-à vis other actors and the Holocaust as an event. … Adam’s book is a vital reminder of how anti-Jewish prejudices, but also lust for power and eagerness to climb the social ladder, enabled the persecution of a largely assimilated minority.” (Hana Kubátová, H-Nationalism, H-Net Reviews, April, 2018)
“Ádám’s study is illuminating because it highlights the sensibilities and motivations of local people, who, in their own incongruent ways, played a role in the implementation of the Holocaust at the local level. … His book is to be celebrated for its courage, analytical clarity, and humaneness, qualities that will push Holocaust research forward into new, exciting territory.” (Ilse Josepha Lazaroms, East Central Europe, Vol. 45, 2018)

“The large amount of evidences and the accurate work done in this study is the key element of the narration of an extremely hard episode of European story. The evidence-based method Palm uses allows the reader vibe with the crudeness of the lives stories included in the book with the rigor that characterized them. Definitely, this study can attract historian and educational researchers as well as any non-expert people in those disciplines.” (Helena Prieto, HSE – Social and Education History, Vol. 7 (1), 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 74,96 €
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Softcover 25,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Budapest Building Managers and the Holocaust in Hungary
Authors
Series Title
The Holocaust and its Contexts
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33831-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33831-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81613-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 204
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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