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16 May 2011

Talk: Freud’s Moravia

Michael L. Miller

“I never pretended to be anything but what I am,” wrote Sigmund Freud in 1935: “a Jew from Moravia whose parents come from Austrian Galicia.” Freud had an ambivalent relationship to his native Moravia, with fond memories of childhood sojourns (and of his nanny) competing with disdain for the parochial, small-town Jews of the countryside. This talk will examine Moravia and its Jews in the course of the nineteenth century, examining the richly-embroidered Jewish life and the increasingly tense Czech-German relations that characterized this province of the Habsburg Monarchy.

Michael L. Miller, is Associate Professor in the Nationalism Studies program at Central European University in Budapest, where he also helped to establish the Jewish Studies program. He has recently published articles in Slavic Review, Austrian History Yearbook, Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, and Múlt és Jövő. Miller’s book, Rabbis and Revolution: The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation, was just published by Stanford University Press.

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