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Exile or Émigré: the legacy of a Viennese photographer in London 1936-66
Regarding the photographer Gerti Deutsch

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 11:00 a.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Amanda Hopkinson will give a lecture on the content and context of her mother’s work both in Vienna and London. From her earliest work as a studio and travel photographer in the 1930s; through her time working on the iconic weekly illustrated Picture Post during and after the War. »more

Photo: Gerti Deutsch (Wien 1907-1979 Leamington Spa), Kriegsheimkehrer, Wien, 1948, Vintage silver print gettyimages/Fotohof

“Ich möchte so lange leben, als ich Ihnen dankbar sein kann.” Alma Mahler – Arnold Schönberg
Der Briefwechsel

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 07:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Haide Tenner describes a special relationship lasting forty years. The correspondence between Alma Mahler and Arnold Schönberg, which starts by discussing the possibilities for financial and social support, gradually gathers emotional depth and confessional strength – in spite of the problems that occasionally characterized their friendship. »more

Weitersfeld / Schaffa – Zur Geschichte einer jüdischen Landgemeinde an der mährischen Grenze in der Neuzeit
Retracing history by Alfred Damm

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 06:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

In 1614 Jews without special authorization (unbefreyt) were required to leave Vienna. A Jewish settlement is mentioned in the records of Weitersfeld in the county of Hardegg from 1619. The author Alfred Damm asks whether there is any connection between these two facts. »more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 03:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945. In the early afternoon of that day the Soviet troops found 5,800 completely enfeebled inmates, a million items of clothing, seven tons of human hair, and 45,000 pairs of shoes, which had been left behind by the concentration camp guards. In 2005 this day was declared the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. 
The liberation put an end to the systematic extermination of the Jews in Auschwitz-Birkenau, but not to the suffering of the Jewish survivors. The Rothschild Hospital on Währinger Gürtel in Vienna became a temporary refugee camp and center of Jewish life, a place of waiting and hoping for a new start. An unhappy transit station that the DPs – or displaced persons, as the refugees were called – sought to leave as quickly as possible for the USA or Palestine/Israel.

We are taking the opportunity of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day to invite you to a free guided tour in German of the exhibition “Waiting Room of Hope”, and to show you some selected objects in the Museum that relate and recall the greatest crime of the twentieth century.


The Waiting Room of Hope. The Rothschild Hospital in November 1947 – Photos by Henry Ries

until February 17, 2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

After the Shoah and the end of World War II the Rothschild Hospital in Vienna was used as a temporary refugee camp and center of a Jewish existence that was taken up in many cases with waiting and hoping. Henry Ries (1917–2004), who emigrated in 1938 from Berlin to the USA, worked in Europe as a photo journalist for the New York Times from 1947 to 1951. His photographs uniquely document the fate of Jewish survivors and refugees. The Jewish Museum Vienna presents these documents on the occasion of the 95th birthday of the German-Jewish photographer who died in 2004.
Curator: Danielle Spera

Photo: Henry Ries © The New York Times/DHM

Vienna’s Shooting Girls. Jewish Women Photographers from Vienna

until March 3, 2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The exhibition “Jewish Women Photographers” presents the photo studios of Jewish women. An unusually large number of Jewish women, usually from wealthy families, chose this profession in Vienna. The Jewish Museum looks at the reasons for this and by restoring it to the collective memory makes a bit of Viennese Jewish history accessible once again. The exhibition follows the photographers into the exile that brought an arbitrary end to this story for Vienna but enabled them to continue their work in other countries and continents.
Curators: Iris Meder, Andrea Winklbauer

Photo: Trude Fleischmann, „Dolly Haas als Scampolo“, ca. 1932, © Photoinstitut Bonartes

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

Tu Bishvat, January 26, 2013

The 15th day of the month of Shvat marks the beginning of the "new year" for trees and it is celebrated in Israel by planting trees. Tu Bishvat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. The Torah states that fruit from trees which were grown in the land of Israel may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year's fruit is for G-d, and after that, the fruit can be eaten. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu Bishvat, no matter when in the year it was planted. It is customary to plant trees and partake of the fruits of the land of Israel to mark the occasion.

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"Und sie wurden zerstreut ..." - Flucht aus der Heimat

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 06:30 p.m.
Veranstaltungszentrum des DÖW, Wipplingerstr. 6-8, 1010 Vienna
This Lecture Series is about the escape of Jews in 1938. « More Information

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