Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Iwona Guść

Fellow Iwona Guść

Februar - July 2017

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


Iwona Guść, ‘Polished’ cinema: Over de receptie van het werk van Andrzej Kondratiuk in Polen en het groteske, Groningen: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2012.


Kris Van Heuckelom and Iwona Guść, Songs of Home (and Away): The Affective Dimensions of Ethnically Coded Music in European Migration Film, NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies 5, no. 2 (2016), online version.

Iwona Guść, Over slachtoffers en daders: Jan T. Gross en het Poolse debat over de Holocaust, Ex Tempore 34, no. 2 (2015): 130–45.

Iwona Guść, Maczkowcy w krainie tulipanów: O polskich weteranach w Holandii i o konflikcie pamięci, Neerlandica Wratislaviensia 25 (2015): 39–55.

Iwona Guść, Polish Film Culture in Transition: On the “Private Films” of Andrzej Kondratiuk (1985-1996), European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition, edited by Janelle Blankenship and Tobias Nagl, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2015, pp. 299–316.

Iwona Guść, Poolse crimineel redt Joden door kennis van het riool, in Moedige mensen: Helden in oorlogstijd, edited by Jaap Cohen and Hinke Pirsma, Amsterdam: Boom, 2014, pp. 105–8.

Iwona Guść, Zdiagnozowany: “Artysta osobny” [...] Szkic o recepcji twórczości Andrzeja Kondratiuka, in Kino polskie: reinterpretacje. Historia - ideologia – polityka, edited by Konrad Klejsa and Ewelina Nurczyńska-Fidelska, Kraków: Rabid, 2008, pp. 413–31.


Iwona Guść, Film Style: The Grotesque in Film. The Romantic Arcadia and its Grotesque Enemy in Polish Cinema, in Lo stile cinematografico/Film Style, edited by Enrico Biasin, Giulio Bursi and Leonardo Quaresima, Udine: Forum, 2007, pp. 263–77.


Review of Peter Seibert, Jana Piper and Alfonso Meoli, eds., Anne Frank: Mediengeschichten (Berlin: Metropol Verlag, 2014), in H-Soz-u-Kult, H-Net Reviews, (2015).

Review of the conference, Chronicle: Suppressed Historiography – Erased Memory? The Perception of the Shoah in East Central Europe during Socialist Rule. (Halle, 30 November – 1 December 2015), in Acta Poloniae Historica 113 (2016): 442–7.

Online publications

Co-editor of (October 2014)