Top Photo: Jewish quarter with synangogue in Hohenems, Vorarlberg.
By böhringer friedrich - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5
2017 Cultural Events & Exhibitions in Austria
Helena Rubinstein was a pioneer in female entrepreneurship. It did not come easily to her. She was born in the 1870s in Kraków as the oldest of eight daughters and grew up in modest circumstances in an orthodox Jewish family.
“All power to the Soviets: peace, land, and bread.” This revolutionary slogan from 1917 also attracted many Jews seeking a radical break after centuries of anti-Semitism in the Czarist empire. The utopian idea of an egalitarian society prompted them to support the new state.
Vitaly Komar was born in Moscow (USSR). He graduated from The Stroganov Art Academy in 1967. He was one of the founders of Sots-Art: Russian art movement of conceptual pop-artists, based on Soviet visual propaganda and Socialist Realist art. He had collaborated on many projects with Alex Melamid. In 1974 his works, among works of other underground artists, had been destroyed by the Soviet autorities at the officially unsanctioned “Bulldouzer exhibition”.
This lecture foregrounds the research on memory practices in specific geographic places in order to demonstrate the transnational dimension of national and local Holocaust memories, as well as to trace how this memory actually travels across national borders and what happens during this process. What is the potential of transnational Holocaust memories to produce new stories and new social relations and solidarities?
We will create our own Shabbat Room to see how Isidor Kaufmann might have celebrated Shabbat and consider what there is to do even when you are not allowed to work.
The Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan, established in 1934 by the Soviet government on Russia’s outermost border with China, was an official autonomous entity long before the founding of the State of Israel. Today it is too often dismissed as a “Jewish state without Jews.”
Efraim Zuroff was born in New York, in 1970 the historian went to Israel. In 1978 he started working for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, first in Los Angeles. Zuroff now heads the organization’s office in Jerusalem and is responsible for the worldwide search for Nazi criminals.
Alisa Ehrmann, born in Prague in 1927, was deported to Theresienstadt in July 1943 together with her sister. In the fall of 1944 she begins to keep a diary. Only seventeen years old, she gives accounts of the dangerous changes in the camp, which is in the process of disintegration, the contradictory rumors, the years of exhaustion and the constant threat of death until the end of the war.
Selfies are clearly all the rage. This afternoon we will be on the lookout for suitable subjects for a special selfie. Bring your mobile phones or cameras, and we will photograph the largest, smallest, or most attractive objects. In the Atelier we can then turn the people or things you have photographed into a hand-made portrait.
Naturally we meet Jewish woman and men, who consult Madame Rubinstein: a suncream for Gustav Mahler? A cleansing fluid for Hilde Spiel and Eugenie Schwarzwald here? A new aftershave for the famous cantor Salomon Sulzer? Lipstick for the operetta star Fritzi Massary? But in which color? One can be curious about Madame Rubinstein’s tips—and about a funny approach to Viennese Jewish history. In the atelier we design chic packaging for the beauty products …