Tatjana Lichtenstein
Research Interests

Tatjana Lichtenstein (PhD, University of Toronto, 2009).

Dr. Lichtenstein’s research focuses on minorities, nationalism, state-building, war and genocide in Eastern Europe in the twentieth century. Her monograph, Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia: Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging, was published by Indiana University Press in 2016. It explores how Zionist activists attempted to transform Jewish culture and society in ways that would allow Jews to claim belonging in the new multinational state. Presently, Dr. Lichtenstein is working on a new book project entitled “Intimacy and Persecution: Jews, Non-Jews, and the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands.” It explores the experiences of intermarried Jewish and non-Jewish families during the Second World War.
Dr. Lichtenstein teaches classes on the Holocaust and the World Wars in Eastern Europe. In these courses, she introduces students to the broad ideological and political background for the wars, to ordinary people’s wartime experiences, as well as to the legacies of mass violence in European societies. She has been part of the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on World War II since 2014.