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Reading: Susanne Scholl “Russische Winterreise”

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Susanne Scholl, the doyenne of foreign correspondents and for a long time front woman for the ORF Eastern Europe department of ORF-Austrian TV, winner of prestigious prizes for journalism and humanitarian commitment, has also made a name for herself in the literary scene. The poems in “Russische Winterreise” were written during a reading trip to Russia in February 2010 and reflect the contradictions that emerge as one gets to know Russia. »more

Barbara Staudinger “Salon Austria: Die großen Köpfe österreichisch-jüdischer Kultur”
Book presentation

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 11:00 am
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

In “Salon Austria: Die großen Köpfe österreichisch-jüdischer Kultur” Barbara Staudinger looks at Jewish aspects of Austrian culture and the way in which Jews influenced this culture, presenting prominent and less prominent persons who have contributed in various ways to the Austrian identity. »more

Christoph W. Bauer: "Die zweite Fremde"
Book presentation

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:00 am
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Ten people who had to flee from Innsbruck and Vienna in March 1938, who had their childhood taken away from them and were deprived of the life they had dreamed and planned. To gain a foothold in their host countries England and Israel they had to suppress and even hide their mother tongue, since German was the language of the perpetrators.
The author will be talking with Doron Rabinovici. »more

Horst Maria Merz “Weil ich unmusikalisch bin”
Songs from Georg Kreisler

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The pianist of the Berlin Comedian Harmonists is now embarking on a solo career. In his program “Weil ich unmusikalisch bin” Horst Maria Merz proves the opposite – that he is indeed musical – in a charming and entertaining fashion. »more

Reading: Vladimir Vertlib “Schimons Schweigen” / “Ich und die Eingeborenen”

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

“Ich und die Eingeborenen” is a collection of Vertlib’s most important essays and reviews of politics, society, history, and art, which show the present as viewed by a “Jewish Russian living in Austria and writing in German.” »more

“In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life”
A film about the American photographer and painter Saul Leiter

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Saul Leiter, son of a well-known Talmudic rabbi and scholar, was born in Pittsburgh in 1923 and has lived since 1946 in New York. He could have been a great pioneer of color photography but has always resisted the temptations of fame. Instead he prefers to drink coffee and and take distinctive photographs that are now piled up in his New York apartment. »more

Laughing in the face of death – cabaret in concentration camps and exile
Podium discussion with Volker Kühn and Konstantin Kaiser

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The year 1933 marked a break in entertainment culture in Vienna and Berlin. With Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Reich Chancellor, the relentless persecution of political opponents and dissenters began.
Volker Kühn, who is known in Germany as an expert on cabaret and in 1991 made a TV documentary on the subject entitled “Totentanz: Kabaret hinter Stacheldraht – Humor und Satire im KZ”, will discuss the subject with Konstantin Kaiser, the renowned Austrian émigré specialist and long-term president of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Exilforschung. »more

"Verbannung" – a novel by Luis S. Krausz
Book presentation

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 11:00 am
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Luis S. Krausz’s novel talks about his multifaceted Jewish Austrian origins and his complex relations with his family, Brazilian society, and the German-speaking world as his “intellectual home.” “Verbannung” [expulsion] refers to the emigration of Viennese Jews but also to the permanent feeling of alienation, resulting in an idealization of the lost homeland and at the same time in loneliness and isolation. Luis S. Krausz was born into an émigré Jewish family in Sao Paulo in 1961. He is a writer and translator and professor of Hebrew and Jewish literature at the University of Sao Paulo.  »more


We are celebrating Yom Haʼatzmaut!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 02:00 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Yom Haʼatzmaut is the Israeli Independence Day, celebrated this year on April 16. We will take a trip to the Holy Land and enjoy a geography lesson with a difference. »more

Slow Art Day @ Judenplatz, Vienna

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 01:00 pm

Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art SLOWLY – and thereby experience art in a new way. As Slow Art Day approaches, you’ll hear from your host with more information, as well as instructions about what to do when you arrive for Slow Art Day. Hannah Landsmann, Head of our Eduation Department, will talk with you about the Holocaust Monument from Rachel Whiteread.   »more

Free guided tours for adults

Every first Sunday of the month – next date April 7, 2013
03:00 pm Jewish Museum Dorotheergasse
04:30 pm Museum Judenplatz

The Jewish Museum Dorotheergasse gives insight into the unique collections of Judaica and ritual objects. The visible Storage also shows works of art and memorabilia from Viennese and Austrian synagogues.
At the Jewish Museum Judenplatz we invite you to take a virtual walk through the Jewish Vienna in the Middle Ages to experience the Jewish life in medieval times. Furthermore, the foundations of the synagogue which was destroyed in 1421 can also be visited (only in German).


All MESHUGGE? Jewish Wit and Humor

until September 8,  2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Humor is an essential component of Jewish life. It reflects attitudes not only within the community but also towards an often hostile external world. Jewish humor is warm and human, after the Holocaust also cynical and black as pitch. It comprises a broad spectrum from its roots in Eastern Europe to Ephraim Kishon in Israel and Billy Wilder, Mel Brooks, and Woody Allen in Hollywood. In between was the heyday of entertainment culture in Vienna and Berlin: cabaret, revue, and film – or Karl Farkas, Fritz Grünbaum, Hermann Leopoldi, Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Tucholsky, and Ernst Lubitsch; the Simpl and Kabarett der Komiker.
Curators: Marcus G. Patka, Alfred Stalzer

Our podcast collection aims to have the museum come alive for our online visitors by bringing them sights and sounds from our exhibitions, as well as offering unique views from behind the scenes. https://vimeo.com/jewishmuseumvienna

Photo: Jüdisches Kabarett der Zwischenkriegszeit in Wien © Jüdisches Museum Wien

meeting jedermann : rabinovich revisited

until May 26, 2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Born in Leningrad, Boris Rabinovich (1938–1988) worked as an architect and industrial designer, became a dissident in the former Soviet Union and finally came to Vienna, where he focused on the visual arts. The exhibition ranges from the first to the last series of Boris Rabinovich's Viennese works. Rabinovich experimented with light and shadow, the hidden, the faceless, the fading “me”, which is neither to be found in front of nor behind the mask. The Viennese Jewish novelist Julya Rabinowich puts the works of her father in comparison and confrontation with her own text and graphic work. The exhibition is a collage of memories and illustration.
Curator: Julya Rabinowich

Vienna Today 2012. Photographs of Contemporary Jewish Life by Josef Polleross

until May 13, 2013
Museum Judenplatz

Harry Weber’s photo-book “Heute in Wien” appeared in 1996 alongside an exhibition of the same name at the Jewish Museum Vienna. The impressive black-and-white photos made history. Sixteen years later the Viennese photographer Josef Polleross has followed the traces of Harry Weber to provide a photographic record of life in the Jewish community today, particularly in Vienna’s 2nd district Leopoldstadt. Polleross’ pictures are a continuation of Harry Weber’s series but also show the changes within the Jewish community and its growth over the last sixteen years. They provide an insight into the diversity of Jewish life in Vienna today.
Curator: Astrid Peterle

Photo: Josef Polleross, "Sukkot", Oktober 2009

We celebrate

Lag BaOmer, April 28, 2013

Lag BaOmer takes place during the Counting of the Omer, the 49 days between Passover (from the day on which the Omer or “sacrifice” took place) and Shavuot (when the Ten Commandments were handed down on Mount Sinai). Historically this period was characterized by disasters for the Jewish people, e.g. the death of many of the students of Rabbi Akiva during an epidemic in the second century of the Christian era, and it is therefore regarded as a time of semi-mourning in which no joyous festivals are celebrated. The exception is the thirty-third day, Lag BaOmer, on which weddings are allowed, because it is said that on this day the plague ended.

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