Dr Ilse Lazaroms

Curriculum Vitae

Since January 2013 Ilse Josepha Lazaroms is a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena. Prior to coming to Jena, she was a research associate at the History Department and Jewish Studies Program at Central European University, Budapest. In 2011, she was a fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her PhD in History & Civilization in October 2010 from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her first book, The Grace of Misery: Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile, 1919-1939, was published in Brill's Jewish Studies Series in November 2012. She is the senior associate editor of the European Review of History, and a regular contributor to the literary journal The Jewish Quarterly.

Research Project at the Kolleg

During her stay at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Dr Lazaroms will work on her post-doctoral research project, entitled "Revolutions of Thought and Sensibility": Hungarian Jewry in the Years of Rupture, 1914-1923. It focuses on the fate of Hungarian-speaking Jewry during the times of World War I and the revolutions of 1918-1919, which led to intense violence against Jews and the flight of many Jewish intellectuals into exile, both literary and political. Based on a variety of sources-witness testimonies of the White Terror, community records and pamphlets, and literary material such as essays, journals, and novels-this project aims to critically analyse and re-tell the story of those crucial years of the "breakdown" of the assimilation contract between Hungarian-speaking Jewry and the state. During these years, literature became a main and for some the sole bearer of identity in an otherwise impossible situation of violence, geographical shrinkage (after Trianon), and nationalist consolidation. The project aims to analyse this period in Central European Jewish history by placing it in the greater context of modernization processes, nationalism, dissimilation, and (intellectual/geographical) dispersion both prior to and after the main years under consideration.

Main Areas of Research

  • comparative modern intellectual history of 20th century Central Europe
  • Jewish Studies, history and culture of German-speaking Jewry, Hungarian Jewry
  • Central European literary cultures


  • associated fellow at the History Department/Jewish Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest
  • senior associate editor of the European Review of History/Revue Européenne d'histoire (London: Routledge, six issues annually)