Dr Iwona Guść

Curriculum Vitae

Before coming to the Imre Kertész Kolleg, the literature and film scholar Iwona Guść was an Early Career Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg - The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies. Since September 2014, she has participated in one of the leading projects of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg on “The diaries of Anne Frank: Research—Translations—Critical Edition”. She has studied the Polish reception of Anne Frank’s diaries as well as their publication history. Between 2010 and 2014 she worked as a researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and contributed to their project on post-war and contemporary anti-Semitism in a global context. In 2012, she was awarded her PhD degree by the department of Arts, Culture and Media Studies at the University of Groningen for her doctoral thesis on filmmaker Andrzej Kondratiuk and subversive practices in Polish arts. 


Research project at the Kolleg

Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most well-known books in the world and Anne Frank herself is among the most known and recognised victims of the Holocaust. The immense popularity of Frank’s diary triggered a wave of similar publications in many European countries. Little is known, however, about this growing interest in diaries throughout Europe and their impact on national and transnational memories of the Second World War and the Holocaust. This project aims to further examine transnational interest in Holocaust diaries written by children and their special appeal to the general public. It focuses mainly on four European countries (East and West Germany, the Netherlands and Poland) and reflects on the particular role these diaries played in (re)shaping national and transnational memory. The project examines 1) the responses triggered by diaries published in different national contexts; 2) the role of state agencies or individuals in the process of transferring and popularising the diaries within and beyond national borders; and 3) the impact of diaries written by children on national and transnational memory of the Second World War and the Holocaust.


Main areas of research

  • Transnational memory studies
  • Depictions of war in cinema and literature 
  • Antisemitism in post-war Europe
  • European cultural history 


Positions and memberships

·         Associate researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam

·         Member of the Royal Netherlands Historical Society