Source: JEWISH MUSEUM VIENNA
"World War I with the social changes that it produced is regarded as a turning point of global historical significance and the real start of the 20th century and Modernist era. The map of Europe was redrawn, the Habsburg empire was shattered after 600 years of rule, Tsarist Russia became the Soviet Union, and the USA established itself for the first time as a global player. The demise of the old order also had grave consequences for the Jews of Austria-Hungary. They were the most loyal subjects of Emperor Franz Joseph I, who guaranteed them legal security and detested anti-Semitism.
Some 300,000 Jewish soldiers served in World War I. Field rabbis looked after their religious needs and those of captured soldiers. The front overran and devastated the largest Jewish settlement area in Galicia. Around 80,000 Jewish refugees arrived in Vienna, changing the structure of the community. It hampered the assimilation of the young generation, who became supporters of Zionism. The exhibition shows the lives of soldiers, politicians, rabbis, artists, revolutionaries, and pacifists – including many women. The front in Jerusalem, pacifism, and the unrest in 1918/19 are also dealt with. Historical objects such as letters by the Jewish community assuring loyalty to the emperor, paintings of prominent figures, memorabilia of Jewish soldiers, and Judaica from Galicia and Vienna will also be shown. Digitally mastered black and white photos from Vienna, Galicia, and Jerusalem, and journalistic sources in showcases round off the exhibition."
Curator: Marcus G. Patka, 03 Apr to 14 Sep , Museum Dorotheergasse
Source: Jewish Museum Vienna
"The Jewish Museum Vienna portrays the musician, who died at a young age in 2011, as hardly anyone knows her. Deeply rooted in the Jewish history of her family that immigrated to England from Belarus in the 1890s. Alex Winehouse, the brother of the musician, and his wife Riva made a very special view on Amy Winehouse’s life possible through many objects and personal memorabilia – in close collaboration with the Jewish Museum London. Her treasured guitar and the vinyl collection from her youth, a suitcase full of family photos, legendary outfits she wore during her performances and objects from her apartment in Camden reveal her passion for music, fashion, her home-town London, but also for the Jewish tradition. Alex Winehouse emphasizes Amy’s pride of her London-Jewish identity. Through the exhibition this little known aspect of Amy Winehouse becomes elusive."
Source: Der Standard
From Friday to Sunday the Jewish community celebrated Purim
The book of Ester, a part of the Jewish Tanakh and therefore part of the Christian Old Testament, tells the story of the eponymous Queen. Through lent and prayers she is said to have foiled the plans of Haman, a high Persian official, to kill all Jews in the Persian Empire. Jewish people from all over the world now celebrate this mythical salvation as Purim.
It is a celebration, during which the liturgical earnestness takes a back seat for a few days. Since the Middle Ages, children and adults have been wearing costumes, which are nowadays also inspired by popular culture, they exchange gifts, read prayers, eat and drink together, “ad lo jada”, “until one no longer knows”. Lent is forbidden, joy obligatory.
Starting on January 22, 2014, new illustrations by artist Arik Brauer for the recently created Pessach-Haggada can be seen in the framework of the exhibit titled “Le dor va dor – von Generation zu Generation” (Le dor va dor – from Generation to Generation). From May 2014 onwards, textiles from various collections of the Jewish Museum will be presented. In November 2014, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the museum’s library, an exhibit dedicated to the extensive collections of the museum will be showcased.
In the framework of the series “Jewish Museum Contemporary,” the museum Judenplatz is presenting the impressive installation of American artist Andrew M. Mezvinsky until March 6, 2014. Starting on March 11, 2014, the exhibit “Amy Winehouse - ein Familienporträt” (Amy Winehouse – a Family Portrait), which was previously showcased in London, will be shown at the museum Judenplatz followed by an installation by artist Veronika Barnas in the fall of 2014.