The rise of department stores in Vienna was part of a pan-European development in the nineteenth century. It is not widely known that many of the founders came from Jewish families and that there was once a garment district in the inner city. The exhibition revives the memory of well-known names like Gerngross, Zwieback, Jacob Rothberger, Braun & Co, Goldman & Salatsch, Jungmann & Neffe, and Knize and their founding families, along with suburban department stores like Wodicka and Dichter. This store culture was almost completely destroyed by the Shoah. The development of a garment district after 1945 through the return of former inhabitants and new immigrants is a feature of the re-emergence of Vienna’s Jewish community.
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