ERIAC Joins Wiener Holocaust Library’s Virtual Lecture with 2022 Ernst Fraenkel Prize Winner Ari Joskowicz

ERIAC is delighted to accept the invitation of the Wiener Holocaust Library and join an evening lecture by the winner of our 2022 Ernst Fraenkel Prize. The jury has awarded Ari Joskowicz’s book, Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust the prize. The judges found it to be “a compelling and important book which deserves to be widely read. It is both beautifully written and sensitively handled. A truly field defining work!”

Jews and Roma died side by side in the Holocaust, yet the world did not recognize their destruction equally. In the years and decades following the war, the Jewish experience of genocide increasingly occupied the attention of legal experts, scholars, educators, curators, and politicians, while the genocide of Europe’s Roma went largely ignored. Rain of Ash is the untold story of how Roma turned to Jewish institutions, funding sources, and professional networks as they sought to gain recognition and compensation for their wartime suffering.


Ari Joskowicz vividly describes the experiences of Hitler’s forgotten victims and charts the evolving postwar relationship between Roma and Jews over the course of nearly a century. During the Nazi era, Jews and Roma shared little in common besides their simultaneous persecution. Yet the decades of entwined struggles for recognition have deepened Romani-Jewish relations, which now center not only on commemorations of past genocides but also on contemporary debates about antiracism and Zionism.

Unforgettably moving and sweeping in scope, Rain of Ash is a revelatory account of the unequal yet necessary entanglement of Jewish and Romani quests for historical justice and self-representation that challenges us to radically rethink the way we remember the Holocaust.


Further information about Prof. Joskowicz’s book can be found here. During the lecture, he will be in conversation with ERIAC executive director Timea Junghaus.




About the speakers:


Ari Joskowicz is associate professor of Jewish studies, history, and European studies at Vanderbilt University and the author of The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France.


Tímea Junghaus is an art historian and contemporary art curator. She started in the position of Executive Director of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture in September 2017. Previously, Junghaus was Research Fellow of the Working Group for Critical Theories at the Institute for Art History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2010-2017). She has researched and published extensively on the conjunctions of modern and contemporary art with critical theory, with particular reference to issues of cultural difference, colonialism, and minority representation. She is completing her Ph.D. studies in Cultural Theory at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.


Please find more details on the Ernst Fraenkel Prize and the Wiener Holocaust Library here and here, respectively.


Image credit: Ari Joskowicz, Wiener Holocaust Library©