Top Photo: Jewish quarter with synangogue in Hohenems, Vorarlberg.
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2017 Cultural Events & Exhibitions in Austria
Kleine Sperlgasse 2a, Castellezgasse 35, Malzgasse 7 and 16—these addresses in Vienna-Leopoldstadt are virtually absent in the collective memory. However, in the topography of the Shoah in Vienna and Austria, these are central locations. In 1941/42, four deportation collection camps were situated at these sites, where Jews were interned before deportation. Groups of approximately 1,000 persons each were transported from here on trucks to the Aspang Railroad Station. From February 1941 to October 1942, a total of 45 deportation trains departed for the ghettoes and death camps. The overwhelming majority of the Austrian Shoah victims were sent from the four collection camps to their death. The path to annihilation began in the very center of the city. The exhibition “Final sites before deportation. Kleine Sperlgasse, Castellezgasse, Malzgasse” reconstructs and conveys the meaning of these now almost forgotten last places before the deportation.
These days, hardly any other metropolis is being celebrated as much as Tel Aviv—as an open-minded party city, as a Mecca for startups, as “White City“ and, with more than 4000 buildings, as the “worldwide largest ensemble of Bauhaus architecture.“ Or simply as an oasis in the midst of Israel’s, Palestine’s, and the Middle East’s national and social as well as religious and violent conflicts.
“I’ve always been a painter,” is the reply Arik Brauer gives when asked about how he found his way to art. Whereby in his case it is better to speak of the arts: Painting, architecture, music, dance, sculpture and poetry are just some of the areas in which he has successfully used his versatile talents. From the carefree childhood abruptly ended by National Socialism to the murder of his father in the Holocaust, through the study years at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he co-founded the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, his journeys by bicycle through Europe and Africa, the Parisian years with his wife Naomi—a Yemeni woman born in Israel, whose father was Theodor Herzl’s coachman in Palestine—, all the way to the return to Vienna with his family, where he became one of the pioneers of Austropop, championed environmental protection, and had an apartment house built according to his plans.
The three artists in “Three with a Pen” shared the same fate. They all grew up as Jewish children in Vienna, had to leave their home after the “Anschluss,” the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany, and became successful elsewhere. They used their pens as tools for survival but also as sometimes trenchant weapons.The three artists in “Three with a Pen” shared the same fate. They all grew up as Jewish children in Vienna, had to leave their home after the “Anschluss,” the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany, and became successful elsewhere. They used their pens as tools for survival but also as sometimes trenchant weapons.
Simon Wiesenthal is known to this day as the person who dedicated his life to seeking justice for the victims of the Shoah and as the man who tracked down Adolf Eichmann. Before the occupation of Poland and his persecution by the Nazis, Wiesenthal worked as an architect. During his detention at the Mauthausen concentration camp, he met the Polish coffee merchant Edmund Staniszewski, who secretly supplied him with bread for survival. Staniszewski wanted to open a coffee house in Poznan after the war and asked Simon Wiesenthal to design “Café As” (“Café Ace”).
Maly Trostenets (Maly Trostinec), near Minsk, was one of the largest extermination sites of the National Socialist German Reich. Between 1942 and 1944, more than 55,000 people were murdered here, including almost 10,000 Austrian Jews. The House of History Austria (hdgö) brings the exhibition, which has so far been shown in in Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Belarus, to Austria for the first time , supplemented by information regarding the deportations of Austrian Jews and their fates.
The world can thank Hedy Lamarr for one of the most far-reaching inventions without which mobile telephony, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth would be unthinkable today. The frequency hopping process was her idea with which she wanted to contribute to the Allied war effort against Nazi Germany.
Things and the stories that tell about the people who once collected them, held them in their hands, passed them on and found them again are the focus of the exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna. It examines the fate of the Ephrussi family, who originated from Russia, and their voluntary and involuntary travels between Russia, Austria, France, Great Britain, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Japan and other countries.Things and the stories that tell about the people who once collected them, held them in their hands, passed them on and found them again are the focus of the exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna. It examines the fate of the Ephrussi family, who originated from Russia, and their voluntary and involuntary travels between Russia, Austria, France, Great Britain, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Japan and other countries.
Café Palmhof was located at Mariahilferstrasse 135 in Vienna’s 15th district and operated from 1919 by Otto Pollak (1894–1978) and his brother Karl (1889–1943). The two brothers made Café Palmhof a popular Viennese meeting place. During the day it was run as a coffee house, while concerts, dances and social events, such as the 1933 Miss Vienna Contest, took place in the evenings. Many of the musicians performing in Café Palmhof are forgotten today, but were stars back then.