Dr Jan Lanicek

Senior Lecturer (Modern European and Jewish History)
PhD (Southampton); MA (Soton); MA (Olomouc); PhDr. (Prague)
School of Humanities & Languages


+61 2 9385 1497
Room 364, Morven Brown


Thursdays 2-3pm or Fridays 3-4pm by appointment
Fields: European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman), Jewish Studies


I joined the School of Humanities in July 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow in Jewish history. My postdoctoral project analyses the existence of the Jewish minority question in the region between Germany and the Soviet Union in the interwar period (The Jewish Minority Question in the ‘New Europe’ during the 1930s). The minorities question and international guarantees securing the peaceful existence of minorities were fundamental issues shaping interwar European politics. In contrast with previous work, this project evaluates how the Jewish minority question in East-Central Europe was perceived and constructed by regimes in the ‘New Europe’ (Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania), various Jewish ideological groups and in the international community. I analyse and contextualise this array of interplaying perspectives through the prism of the international construction of the Jewish minority question. In my research I employ divergent methodological strategies to document inter-ethnic relations in East-Central Europe and analyse the social and cultural construction of the ‘otherness’ of the Jews by the involved actors. The core of this project centres on the period between 1933 and 1939. Whilst previous authors have dealt with the situation in Nazi Germany and the refugee crisis, I specifically address the ways in which the international community treated the Jewish question in the East-Central European region in the framework of the minority treaties signed in 1919. Dealing with the prelude to the Holocaust, the project offers a fresh perspective on bystanders’ responses to the persecution of the Jews during the 1930s. Contemporary societies are riddled with issues pertaining to the coexistence of multicultural communities. Using the paradigm of the situation in interwar East-Central Europe, this project will provide challenging conclusions for contemporary western societies and their treatment of the divergent cultures among them.

I was born in the Czech Republic, where I completed my graduate studies at Palacky University in Olomouc (2006). I moved to the United Kingdom and in 2011 received a Ph.D. from the Department of History and the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, University of Southampton. My dissertation ‘The Czechoslovak Government-in-Exile and the Jews during World War 2 (1938-1948)’ is now under book contract with Palgrave Macmillan (Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938-1948: Beyond Idealization and Condemnation). In 2011-12, I worked as a Prins Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York. In my research I focus on modern Jewish history, in particular Jewish/non-Jewish relations in East-Central Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.


Jan Láníček, Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938-48: Beyond Idealisation and Condemnation (Palgrave: 2013).

Co-edited with Dr James Jordan, Governments-in-Exile and the Jews during the Second World War (Vallentine Mitchell, 2013).



    • Lanicek J, 2017, Arnosšt Frischer and the Jewish Politics of Early 20th-Century Europe, Bloomsbury Publishing
    • Lanicek J, 2013, Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938-48, Palgrave Macmillan
    • Lanicek J; Jordan JA, (eds.), 2013, Governments-in-exile and the Jews During the Second World War, Mitchell Vallentine

    Book Chapters

    • Lanicek J, 2016, 'Antisemitismus v Protektorátu Čechy a Morava', in Kubatova H; Vrzgulova M (ed.), Podoby antisemitismu v Čechách a na Slovensku v 20. a 21. Století, Karolinum, Prague, pp. 61 - 83
    • Lanicek J, 2014, 'The Postwar Czech-Jewish Leadership and the Issue of Jewish Emigration from Czechoslovakia (1945-1950)', in Ouzan F; Gerstenfeld M (ed.), Postwar Jewish Displacement and Rebirth, 1945-1967, Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 76 - 96, http://www.brill.com/products/book/postwar-jewish-displacement-and-rebirth
    • Lanicek J, 2013, 'Coming Home? Jewish Survivors in Post-War Czechoslovakia', in Coming Home? Volume 1. Conflict and Return Migration in the Aftermath of Europe's Twentieth-Century Civil Wars, pp. 201 - 220
    • Lanicek J, 2009, 'The Czechoslovak Jewish Political Exile in Great Britain during World War Two', in Brinson C; Malet M (ed.), Exile in and from Czechoslovakia during the 1930s and 1940s, edn. Original, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 167 - 182

    Journal articles

    • Láníček J, 2017, 'After the Whirlwind: Jewish Absence in Postwar Czechoslovakia', Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 52, pp. 278 - 296, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022009416667792
    • Kubátová H;Láníček J, 2016, 'Jews and Gentiles in Central and Eastern Europe during the Holocaust in history and memory', Holocaust Studies, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17504902.2016.1209838
    • Láníček J;Liebman S, 2016, 'A Closer Look at Alfred Radok's Film Distant Journey', Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol. 30, pp. 53 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hgs/dcw005
    • Lanicek J, 2014, 'A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust.', HISTORY, vol. 99, pp. 363 - 365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.12057_36
    • Lanicek J, 2014, 'Resistance: Jews and Christians Who Defied the Nazi Terror', HISTORY, vol. 99, pp. 722 - 724, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.12078_29
    • Láníček J, 2014, 'What did it mean to be Loyal? Jewish Survivors in Post-War Czechoslovakia in a comparative perspective', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 60, pp. 384 - 404, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12066
    • Lanicek J, 2014, 'Letter to the Editor of Yad Vashem Studies in response to Anna Hajkova's review of 'Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938-48: Beyond Idealisation and Condemnation'', Yad Vashem Studies, pp. 259 - 264
    • Láníček J, 2014, 'The power(lessness) of Czechoslovak Jews during the Second World War', East European Jewish affairs, vol. 44, pp. 21 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501674.2014.904584
    • Lanicek J, 2013, 'Days of Ruin: The Jews of Munkacs during the Holocaust', EAST EUROPEAN JEWISH AFFAIRS, vol. 43, pp. 223 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501674.2013.813134
    • Lanicek J, 2013, 'Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust.', HISTORY, vol. 98, pp. 803 - 805, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.12042_21
    • Lanicek J, 2011, 'The Czech Reader: History, Culture and Politics', HISTORY, vol. 96, pp. 490 - 492, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-229X.2011.00531_1.x
    • Lanicek J, 2010, 'The Czechoslovak Section of the BBC and the Jews during the Second World War', Yad Vashem Studies, vol. 38, pp. 123 - 153
    • Lanicek J, 2008, 'Arnošt Frischer und seine Hilfe für Juden im besetzen Europa (1941-1945)', Theresienstädter Studien und Dokumente 2007, vol. 2007 (published 2008), pp. 11 - 91
    • Lanicek J, 2008, '‘To Get a Refusal Would Result in an Unfortunate Loss of Prestige’: The Czechoslovak Government-in-Exile and the Holocaust', Holocaust Studies: a journal of culture and history, vol. 14, pp. 119 - 141

    Edited Books


Session 1 2017: ARTS2285 The Holocaust: Origins, Implementation, Aftermath

                          ARTS2785 Europe between the Wars

Session 2 2017: ARTS1782 Contemporary Europe in Crisis

Honours and prizes

Saul Kagan Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Shoah Studies, Cohort VII (2014-15)

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship 

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism Scholarship

Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton

Professional contribution

Vicepresident (NSW) Australian Association for Jewish Studies