Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Miloslav Szabó

Dr Miloslav Szabó © Tomáš Rafa

Am Planetarium 7 | 07743 Jena
Phone: + 49 (0) 3641 9 440 70

Miloslav Szabó has been a lecturer at the Department of German, Dutch and Scandinavian Studies at Comenius University in Bratislava since 2018. From 2015 to 2018, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He held research fellowships at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and the Jewish Museum in Prague in 2013/14 and 2012, respectively. Szabó also conducted research  as a Fellow of the German Research Foundation at the Historical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava from 2010 to 2012; and from 2007 to 2009, he held a post-doc position as a Gerda Henkel Foundation Fellow at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the TU Berlin. Szabó obtained his PhD at Charles University in Prague in 2005.

Research project at the Kolleg

From Berufsstände to Volksgemeinschaft: A Comparative History of Corporatism and the Semantics of ‘Work’ in Austria and Slovakia in the 1930s and 1940s

In my project at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, I am investigating how corporatism as a supposed ‘third way’ between liberal capitalist individualism and socialist collectivism changed under the conditions of dictatorship in Central Europe on the eve of and during the Second World War and why its implementation ultimately failed. I am less interested in socio-economic contexts and the causes of its failure, and rather in the instrumentalization of the ideas of corporatism for the legitimization of power and the disciplining of society. Using the example of the authoritarian Dollfuss Schuschnigg regime in Austria and the wartime Slovak state, I show how the solidarism of Catholic social teaching was displaced by the semantics of ‘national labour’ in favour of the Volksgemeinschaft.

Main areas of research

  • History of anti-Semitism
  • History of Catholicism
  • Intellectual History
  • History of Literature


Positions and memberships

  • Member of the Association of German and Slovak Historians
  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Judaica et Holocaustica


Miloslav Szabó, Potraty. Dejiny slovenských kultúrnych vojen od Hlinku po Kuffu [Abortions: A History of Slovak Culture Wars from Hlinka to Kuffa] (Bratislava: N Press, 2020).

Miloslav Szabó, Klérofašisti. Slovenskí kňazi a pokušenie radikálnej politiky (1935–1945) [Clerico-Fascists: Slovak Priests and the Temptation of Radical Politics, 1935–1945] (Bratislava: Slovart, 2019).

Michal Frankl and Miloslav Szabó, Budování státu bez antisemitismu? Násilí, diskurs loajality a vznik Československa [Building a State without Antisemitism? Violence, the Discourse of Loyalty and the Emergence of Czechoslovakia] (Prague: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2015).

Miloslav Szabó, „Von Worten zu Taten“. Die Slowakische Nationalbewegung und der Antisemitismus, 1875–1922 (Berlin: Metropol, 2014).

Edited volumes

Miloslav Szabó, ed., ‘Literarischer Antisemitismus in Zentral- und Ostmitteleuropa im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert’, Special issue of Sprachkunst. Beiträge zur Literaturwissenschaft 51, no. 2 (2020).


Miloslav Szabó, ‘“Jews are the misfortune of Slovakia”: Czechoslovakism and Antisemitism at the End of the Nineteenth and in the First Half of the Twentieth Century’, in Czechoslovakism, eds Michal Kopeček, Jan Mervart and Adama Hudek (New York and London: Routledge, 2021), 125–45.

Miloslav Szabó, ‘“Klerikale Nationalsozialisten” und “Klerikalfaschisten” an der Peripherie NS-Deutschlands. Der Fall Slowakei,’ in  Was glaubten die Deutschen zwischen 1933 und1945? Religion und Politik im Nationalsozialismus, eds Olaf Blaschke and Thomas Großbölting (Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2020), 283–309.

Miloslav Szabó, ‘Catholic Racism and Anti-Jewish Discourse in Interwar Austria and Slovakia: The Cases of Anton Orel and Karol Körper,’ Patterns of Prejudice 54, no. 3 (2020): 258–86.

Miloslav Szabó, ‘From Protests to the Ban: Demonstrations against the “Jewish” Films in Interwar Vienna and Bratislava,’ Journal of Contemporary History 54, no. 1 (2019): 5–29.

Miloslav Szabó,‘For God and Nation: Catholicism and the Far-Right in the Central European Context (1918–1945),’ Historický časopis/Historical Journal 66, no. 5 (2018): 885–900.

Miloslav Szabó,‘Populist Antisemitism: On the Theory and Methodology of Research into Modern Antisemitism,’ Judaica Bohemiae 49, no. 2 (2014): 73–87.


Miloslav Szabó,review of Thomas Lorman, The Making of the Slovak People‘s Party: Religion, Nationalism and the Culture War in Early 20th-Century Europe (Bloomsbury, 2019), in European History Quarterly 3 (2020): 558–60.

Miloslav Szabó, review of Erika Kustatscher, „Berufsstand“ oder „Stand“? Ein politischer Schlüsselbegriff im Österreich der Zwischenkriegszeit  (Böhlau, 2016), in H-Soz-Kult, 19.10.2018.

Miloslav Szabó, review of Sabine Witt, Nationalistische Intellektuelle in der Slowakei 1918–1945. Kulturelle Praxis zwischen Sakralisierung und Säkularisierung (De Gruyter, 2014), in H-Soz-Kult, 01.12.2015.