“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”.
Lecture: In Search of Transnational and Transcultural Memories of the Holocaust: Examples from Sweden and Poland
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?
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.
Book presentation: Alisa Ehrmann-Shek „Ich denke an einen ewigen Sommer. Tagebuch und Zeichnungen aus Theresienstadt 1944/45“
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 …
Rethinking Jewish and Non-Jewish Relations: Transdisciplinary Conference for Early Career Researchers in Jewish Studies
In the last decades, Jewish Studies have been subject to fundamental changes. The various subjects in Jewish Studies have drawn from developments in individual disciplines such as transnational history, comparative literature, social sciences, etc., but also from transdisciplinary developments such as the various “turns,” specifically linguistic and cultural turns.
Arthur Schnitzler is still looked upon today as the poet of literary grace and non-committal eroticism. In fact, in his early dramas, biting social criticism is manifested in the bourgeois double standards of his time and in the exploitation of young women. Like almost no one else, he unmasked the wealthy, leisured bon vivants and the emptiness of many interpersonal relationships.
Our exciting children’s tour tells you about Jewish women and men who dreamed of revolution and change. We travel back and forth between Moscow and Vienna and ponder: What would make our world a better place?
Theodor Kramer is probably one of the greatest Austrian lyric poets of the 20th century and nonetheless still largely unknown. Bernd Jeschek reads a selection of the more than twelve thousand poems he left behind. Among Theodor Kramer’s love poems are those regarded as the most beautiful ever created in the German language.
A Hebrew course for young beginners! First an expedition through the three floors of the permanent exhibition is undertaken and together we search for ALL of the Hebrew letters—on the walls, in the showcases, on the objects, in the elevator and even outside of the museum.
Verfolgung und Verfolger – Trauma der österreichischen Gesellschaft
(Persecution and Persecutee - Trauma of Austrian Society)
Frederick Austerlitz invites you for a dance! An evening with a lecture, dance and music honoring Fred Astaire
Rainer C. Regatschnig and Mag. Birgit Jung opened Austria’s first Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio in Vienna, thus bringing the world-famous dance and film legend back to the country where everything began with Astaire’s father.
Concert in commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration camp on January 27, 1945
Join musician/composer Benjy Fox-Rosen for a series of film screenings highlighting the unique music of Yiddish cinema.
“Door broken open. Customs Investigation Lindau.”With these brief words Cornelius Gurlitt describes the dramatic events of February 28, 2012, when customs officers invade his Munich apartment and seize his collection of over 1,500 works of arts—a move that finds its way into the media as the “Munich Artworks Discovery” and makes headlines worldwide.
Rav Dr. Dov Maimon: European Jewry in 2030 – Scenarios for a thriving Jewish future in Europe
Book presentation: Peter Bild/Irene Messinger “A Cherry Dress. Kommentierte Memoiren von Anita Bild”
The Viennese dancer Anita Bild fled to England at the beginning of 1939 with a domestic service visa.
Jüdisches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung
Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Brendan MacGeever: The Bolsheviks and Antisemitism in the Russian Revolution