memory studies, oral history research, Holocaust, the Communist regime in Slovakia, memory policies of non-democratic regimes, prejudices and stereotypes in social discourse
Monika Vrzgulová is a senior research fellow of the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, a prominent expert on the Holocaust in Slovakia, memory and identity, memory policy, and urban ethnology. She has conducted domestic and international research using the oral history method for over two decades (tradespeople in urban areas, the war-time Slovak state and the Holocaust, the post-war period and the Jewish community, youth and the 1960s). She studies the representations of historic events and periods (e.g., the Holocaust) in narratives obtained by means of the oral history method and their relationship to codified policies of remembering or public discourse in society. As a researcher and principal investigator of many basic and applied research projects, she has rich experience in organisational and management work. In cooperation with non-governmental organisations (Milan Šimečka Foundation, Holocaust Documentation Centre, etc.), she applies the results of her research in education programmes for secondary school students and teachers. She was a member of the Slovak delegation to ITF/IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) in 2005–2013. From 2005 to 2017, she was the director of the Holocaust Documentation Centre in Bratislava. From 2011 to 2016, she was the Slovak research team leader in the USHMM Oral History Documentation Project. In 2018, she was the Gunzenberger-Reichman Family Fellow at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has many years of experience in presenting her research results by organising conferences or public discussion meetings.