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Topsy Küppers “Lauter liebe Leute. Ein dicker Brief an mein Publikum”
Book presentation

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:00 a.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Topsy Küppers reports with sensitivity and passion about her years of work with the Freie Bühne Wieden, which she founded and managed. The honest friends and scoundrels who accompanied her are described lovingly and humorously. She recreates the excitement of the alternative cultural scene in anecdotes and recollections that recount happy and sad, amusing and dramatic events in her life in the theater. »more

Regina Fritz “Nach Krieg und Judenmord. Zur Geschichtspolitik Ungarns 1945–2010”
Book presentation

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 06:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Doroheergasse

On September 19, 1946, Winston Churchill urged former opponents to perform a “blessed act of oblivion”. In spite of this urging, nation states immediately after World War II made great efforts to document and punish the crimes of the former regime. Hungary was no exception. Regina Fritz looks at Hungary’s confrontation with the Holocaust from 1944–45 to the end of the century.
Regina Fritz and Béla Rásky (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies) will present the book. Emese Fáy will read excerpts. »more

Presentation of the poetry series NADELSTICHE
by Verlag der Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 11:00 a.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

To make poems about exile and resistance known to a wider public, Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft is publishing a new poetry series called “Nadelstiche”. The first volumes are by Trude Krakauer and Siglinde Bolbecher. Dagmar Schwarz will read poems by the two authors, some of which will be put to music by Norma d’Aurora. Lydia Mischkulnig will present the series. »more

Eva Menasse “Quasikristalle”
Book presentation with Eva Menasse & Danielle Spera

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 06:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

What do we really know about ourselves? And about others? Eva Menasse breaks down the different aspects in the life of a woman into thirteen chapters, showing her as a mother and daughter, as a friend, tenant, and patient, as a fleeting acquaintance and an unfaithful wife. Out of the mosaic emerges a bold novel that asks questions about perception and truth at the same time. »more

“Georg Kreisler gibt es gar nicht / Kreislers musikalische Stolpersteine”
Presentation of a cross-medial project

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 06:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

On July 18, 2012, the songwriter, cabaret performer, opera composer, theater director, and novelist would have been 90. In the documentary “Georg Kreisler gibt es gar nicht”, author and director Dominik Wessely reviews Kreisler’s extensive song repertoire and his many-sided career and presents both in a historical context. »more


Free guided tours for adults

Every first Sunday of the month – next date February 3, 2013
03:00 p.m. Jewish Museum Dorotheergasse
04:30 p.m. 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).

Let’s celebrate Purim!

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 02:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The Purim festival recalls the rescue of the Persian Jews by the courageous and beautiful Queen Esther. A guided tour for children will feature all of the objects relating to Purim. The exciting story will be related in a pantomime theater in which you can all join in using rattles and other noisy instruments made in the workshop. »more


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

meeting jedermann : rabinovich revisited

February 28 to 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 Rabinovich 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.

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

Purim, February 23-24, 2013

On 14 Adar Jews celebrate Purim (Hebrew purim = lots) recalling the rescue of the Jewish people from extermination in Persian exile in the fifth century BCE. According to the Book of Esther, Haman, the king’s vizier, planned to kill the Jews on a particular day, determined by drawing lots, hence the name Purim. The Persian Jewish queen Esther, wife of king Ahashverosh (Xerxes I), and her cousin Mordecai saved the Jewish people from this deadly fate.
The day before the Purim festival is a fast day. Purim is a normal workday but it concludes with a festive meal. Presents and candies are distributed. Purim is a joyful festival. Children disguise themselves, often as the protagonists of the story. The triangular hamantaschen eaten at Purim are filled with poppy seed.
We wish you Purim Sameach! Happy Purim!

We recommend

Robert Schindel “Der Kalte”
Book presentation with the author, Dörte Lyssewski and Markus Meyer

Friday, February 22, 2013, 08:00 p.m. Akademietheater

Austria in the Waldheim years from 1985 to 1989. Three cultural disputes are taking place in parallel and yet closely interlinked: the dispute regarding the new federal president, the dispute regarding an anti-Fascist monument, and the dispute regarding the Burgtheater. And in the midst of these disputes, Edmund Fraul, veteran of the Spanish Civil War and survivor of the Nazi regime, fights to prevent  the Nazi era from being suppressed and forgotten.
In his long-awaited second novel, Robert Schindel once again takes us into the world of Vienna with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, an array of characters and perspectives, and a love of detail. More information

“Gerti Deutsch - Photographs 1935-1965”

until April 30, 2013, Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum Prague

Austrian-born with Jewish roots, Gerti Deutsch emigrated at the beginning of World War II to London, where she started her career as a respected photographer for the magazine “Picture Post” trying to make her way in the male-dominated British press. She enjoyed her greatest success as a photographer from 1935 to 1965, but her work and legacy were eventually forgotten. Now, Deutsch's daughters have brought it back in a new show presenting high-quality and professional photographs. More information

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