Jewish Vienna

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The history of Vienna's Jews is inextricably linked to the history of the City of Vienna. After the formerly flourishing community was nearly extinguished by the crimes of National Socialism, a small and self-confident Jewish community has again come into being.

Many artists, intellectuals, bankers and businesspeople of Jewish descent played a decisive role for Vienna's growth into a Central European metropolis. The famous "Red Vienna" of the interwar period, too, is closely linked to the input of Social Democratic personalities with Jewish roots. However, National Socialist terror spelled a sudden end to this flourishing era: two thirds of Vienna's Jews were expelled; more than 65,000 were murdered in concentration camps. The City of Vienna faces up to this historic responsibility and, through commemoration and information work, tries to ensure that this history will be worked through and remembered.


Brochure

The brochure "Jewish Vienna - Heritage and Mission", published by the City of Vienna Press and Information Services, provides a guide through the various aspects of Jewish life in Vienna. The brochure is available in both German and English and can be ordered free of charge at wien.at-Leser/innenhotline, telephone: +43 1 277 55, or by E-Mail: bs@ma53.wien.gv.at.

Contact for this page:
Dr. Ingeborg Bauer-Manhart (Municipal Department 53)
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