Exhibition: Persecuted. Engaged. Married. Marriages of Convenience in Exile
May
16
to Oct 7

Exhibition: Persecuted. Engaged. Married. Marriages of Convenience in Exile

March 1938 marked the start of a race against time for Austrian Jews. Some Viennese Jewish women sought to escape through marriages of convenience with foreign citizens. The marriages were concluded on paper, be it out of solidarity or against payment, to enable these women to reach a country where Jews were not (yet) persecuted.

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The Place to Be. Salons - Spaces of Emancipation
May
30
to Oct 14

The Place to Be. Salons - Spaces of Emancipation

What made the Vienna salons the places to be between 1780 and 1938 would be described today as networking in the best sense. Mostly shaped by their Jewish hostesses, these communication spaces were also spaces of emancipation and empowerment in two respects: for women who were still excluded from public life, and for the development of a critical, middle-class civic society. The exhibition introduces the salons of Fanny Arnstein and Josephine Wertheimstein, right up to the reform salons of Berta Zuckerkandl and Eugenie Schwarzwald, as cultured spaces of politics and political spaces of culture.

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Traces
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Traces

Talk in English Language: The artist Fiamma Montezemolo (San Francisco) with Anika Reichwald (Jewish Museum Hohenems)

Fiamma Montezemolo lives and works as an artist and a cultural anthropologist in San Francisco. As a scientist she works in the field of „Border Studies“ and teaches as a Associate Professor at the Department of Cinema and Digital Media at the University of California.

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Salon talks at the Jewish Museum Vienna
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Salon talks at the Jewish Museum Vienna

The salon is a place where thinking is done in conversation. As part of the exhibition “The Place to Be. Salons – Spaces of Emancipation,” the Jewish Museum Vienna will be transformed into a space for conversation.

Elke Krasny and Astrid Peterle are curating five evenings dedicated to the protagonists of the exhibition, such as Fanny von Arnstein, Berta Zuckerkandl and Anna Mendelssohn, at which ideas and meanings of the salon are discussed from today’s perspective.

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Border crossing over the old Rhein
Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Border crossing over the old Rhein

The old Rhein was a goal of survival for thousands of Jewish refugees in 1938. Many tried to escape the horrors of the national socialism and dared to escape to Switzerland first legal but soon illegal. The origin and eventful history of this green border will be at the heart of our bicycle tour along the river course. At several stops we will show you the landscape and tell stories of the old of Rhein - stories of successful and unsuccessful escapes, of resistance and collaboration, of escape helpers and deserters.

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Permanent Exhibition and Jewish Quarter
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Permanent Exhibition and Jewish Quarter

Public guided tour (in German)

Discover the diverse facets of Jewish every day life and Jewish history in the Jewish Museum and the former Jewish Quarter of Hohenems, with its unique ensemble of private and public buildings, from the synagogue and the Jewish school, to the mikvah and the Jewish poorhouse, most of them beautifully renovated.

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European Day of Jewish Culture – Storytelling
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

European Day of Jewish Culture – Storytelling

Public guided tour (in German)

Discover the diverse facets of Jewish every day life and Jewish history in the Jewish Museum and the former Jewish Quarter of Hohenems, with its unique ensemble of private and public buildings, from the synagogue and the Jewish school, to the mikvah and the Jewish poorhouse, most of them beautifully renovated.

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Say Shibboleth! On Visible and Invisible Borders
Sep
2
to Feb 17

Say Shibboleth! On Visible and Invisible Borders

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The exhibition presents the work of international artists who critically reflect and explore different aspects of the history and present of borders. Some of these borders are permeable and others fatal, some are visible and others reinforced by cultural codes, language tests and biometric markers. Borders determine life and death, defining “identity” and “otherness”. Located just a stone’s throw away from the banks of the “Old Rhine”, where in 1938 refugees tried to reach Switzerland, “Say Shibboleth!” explores the contentious history and present of border making and unmaking

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Transit
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Transit

A young man escapes to Marseille before the German troops came to Paris. In the port city he adopts a false identity to get a hold of documents that would allow him to leave Europe. It is a timeless story in Marseille today. There the figures from the past meet the refugees in the present time. As the story merges with the present and "All narratives coalesce into an eternal transit space." (Berlinale 2018).

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Escape Routes – Following the Traces of Refugees and Helpers
Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Escape Routes – Following the Traces of Refugees and Helpers

Public guided tour (in German) - A walk to the border

Hohenems in 1938 was a possible gateway to freedom for Jewish refugees. Many attempted to get away from persecution in Nazi Germany and Austria, by crossing the old Rhine, the border between Vorarlberg and Switzerland. We follow their traces on a guided tour that starts at the Jewish Museum.

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Salon talks at the Jewish Museum Vienna
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Salon talks at the Jewish Museum Vienna

Elke Krasny and Astrid Peterle are curating five evenings dedicated to the protagonists of the exhibition, such as Fanny von Arnstein, Berta Zuckerkandl and Anna Mendelssohn, at which ideas and meanings of the salon are discussed from today’s perspective. On the basis of selected texts, which are made available to interested parties in advance for reading, we activate the cultural and political dimensions of the salon together in the museum.

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Welcome to Refugeestan
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

Welcome to Refugeestan

Filmscreening (in English Language)

A sobering journey into a parallel world in which although no one caught, but no one is really free. In theory, refugee camps are a temporary solution of drip - but in practice, a fugitive spends on average 17 years of his life there.

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Book presentation: Marie-Theres Arnbom „The vilas of Attersee. When houses tell stories“
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Book presentation: Marie-Theres Arnbom „The vilas of Attersee. When houses tell stories“

In 1938, many a neighbor bought a villa “cheaply” and the owners, who were considered Jews, had to consent. Nazi organizations fought over the possessions, and the restitutions after the end of the war often cannot (and do not want to) hide the spirit of Nazi ideology.

Marie-Theres Arnbom embarks on an exciting journey into the past of Lake Attersee.

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Broken Land
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Broken Land

Movie Presentation
In a desert landscape in the shadow of the huge border fence that was built to control illegal immigrants from Mexico seven Americans tell how the border changed their life. Swaying between fear, indignation and sometimes compassion we will follow the footsteps of immigrants even though you will never encounter them.

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Fathersday at the Jewish Museum Vienna: our city - sporty
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Fathersday at the Jewish Museum Vienna: our city - sporty

On this guided tour through the exhibition we will surprise you with stories, objects and historical figures in association with jewish sports. From waterball player Friedrich Torberg and swimmer Hedy Bienenfeld to biking fans Theodor Herzl and Arthur Schnitzler which will also present their biking outfit we will also show you snow in June ...

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Street Festival of the IKG Wien
Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

Street Festival of the IKG Wien

At the traditional Street Festival of the Jewish community at the Judenplatz there is a varied programme available for young and old. At the booth of the Jewish Museum Vienna (14:30 18:00) you can pout in the various publications of the Museum, buy souvenirs, and learn about our program.

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David Hirsh presents his new book on antisemitism: Contemporary Left Antisemitism
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

David Hirsh presents his new book on antisemitism: Contemporary Left Antisemitism

Antisemitism on the left is difficult to recognize because it does not come dressed in a Nazi uniform and it does not openly proclaim its hatred or fear of Jews. This talk looks at the kind of antisemitism which is tolerated in apparently democratic spaces: trade unions, churches, left-wing and liberal politics, social gatherings of the chattering classes and the seminars and journals of radical intellectuals.

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Desert Bloom
Jun
5
to Jun 6

Desert Bloom

The work of Sheikh have been shown around the world at the Tate Modern in London, the Paris Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, the Museum of contemporary art in Moscow and the International Center of photography in New York. Currently he focuses on his project "Exposure" with the planned destruction of the largest nature reserve of the USA in Utah because of oil production and fracking. An event in the accompanying program of the exhibition "Say Schibbolet!"

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Movie / Reading: „Why women should climb mountains"
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Movie / Reading: „Why women should climb mountains"

Gerda Lerner was born 1920 in Vienna into a wealthy Jewish family as Gerda Hedwig Crown but was able to escape to the USA in 1938. But in the USA she and her husband were threatened again during the persecution of Communists in the 1940s. When Gerda was 38 years old she began to study history, became involved in the civil rights movement and in 1966 she was a founding member of the national organization for women which is today's largest feminist organization in the United States.

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Bookpresentation and in conversation: What is "renewal of the churches" in their daily lives? Untapped potential of christian-jewish conversation
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Bookpresentation and in conversation: What is "renewal of the churches" in their daily lives? Untapped potential of christian-jewish conversation

The relationship of Christians to Judaism is existentially essential. The impulse of the Council Declaration "Nostra aetate" has to be carried on. The initiated renewal of the churches out of the Christian Jewish dialogue holds many untapped themes and surprising designs and is in ecclesiastical practice still not recovered.

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Permanent exhibition and Jewish Quarter
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Permanent exhibition and Jewish Quarter

Discover the diverse facets of Jewish every day life and Jewish history in the Jewish Museum and the former Jewish Quarter of Hohenems, with its unique ensemble of private and public buildings, from the synagogue and the Jewish school, to the mikvah and the Jewish poorhouse, most of them beautifully renovated.

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Story in Stories: Please answer with yes ...
May
28
4:00 PM16:00

Story in Stories: Please answer with yes ...

Some Jewish women from Vienna saved themselves by a sham marriage with a foreign citizen. These marriages were entered in pro-forma, out of solidarity, or for a fee, to reach a country where Jews were not already prosecuted. Women who were already in exile, entered a marriage of convenience to escape the statelessness or to obtain a work permit.

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Guided Tour: Our city - musically
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

Guided Tour: Our city - musically

The permanent exhibition "Our city! Jewish Vienna until today" offers visitors a musically-historical tour through the jewish music history of Vienna. From Klezmer to Cabaret, from art to kitsch and from chanters to componists the spectrum is broad and there are even autographs in our archive. From whom - we will only tell at that afternoon.

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Our city - er-fahren
May
27
11:00 AM11:00

Our city - er-fahren

"You have to learn how to ride a bicycle!", said Arthur Schnitzler to Hugo von Hoffmannsthal and soon drove through "young Vienna" with the bike. The Jewish Museum Vienna offers an exciting exploration of Jewish history exclusively for cyclists.

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Deadly border. Unsuccessful escapes between Silvretta and Lake of Constance 1938-1945
May
25
5:00 PM17:00

Deadly border. Unsuccessful escapes between Silvretta and Lake of Constance 1938-1945

For some people the border to Switzerland was a gate to freedom during the Second World War but for most it was a deadly trap. After all, the Swiss authorities had already closed down the borders in the summer of 1938 especially for Jewish refugees - and often the attempts to escape between Lake of Constance and Silvretta had already failed on the side of Vorarlberg.

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