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Book Review: Voices in Exile

Book Review: Voices in Exile

“By banning Jewish composers, Hitler’s Reich amputated an essential limb from the body of German cultural continuity,” writes Michael Haas in his groundbreaking book on Jewish musicians persecuted by the Third Reich, entitled Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, published by Yale University Press in April. The former producer of Decca’s ‘Entartete […]

A Goy at the Gala

A Goy at the Gala

“Do you speak German?” asked a lady in her 40s, to my left. I hadn’t said much. I had accepted an invitation to the jubilee gala of Hashomer Hatzair at the Rathaus’ lavishly decorated Festsaal – a Jewish youth organisation I knew literally nothing about. Hebrew for ‘youth guardian’, it was, I learned, a Zionist-socialist […]

Law Without Justice

Law Without Justice

It started in Paris, famous for baguettes, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. And most of all, for its romance. Beth Alexander, then 22, had the world lying at her feet when she came to France seven years ago for an international students’ weekend. About to graduate from Cambridge University and accepted for a masters […]

Secular Jewish youth movement celebrates 100th anniversary

Secular Jewish youth movement celebrates 100th anniversary

“What origins in Galicia, usually finds its way”, Giora Seeliger, Israeli-born actor and co-founder of Rote Nasen Clowdoctors, had the audience at his side. The traditional chasak we’ emaz shouts – the traditional call of Hashomer Hatzair, the leftist scouting group, resonated through the lavishly decorated Festsaal of the Rathaus in Vienna on 30 June. […]

Today’s Jewish Life In Vienna

Today’s Jewish Life In Vienna

On a side street off Karmeliterplatz in the 2nd District, Kosherland is a hub of Jewish life. Here, the community feel is tangible. Parents send their school-age children to Dr. Marina Plistiev’s store unaccompanied and instead of paying for their groceries on the spot, the shopkeeper sets up a tab and waits for their parents […]

Book Review: Nathan ­Englander’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Book Review: Nathan ­Englander’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

To Talk or Not to Talk “Ideas belong to the world,” writes Nathan Englander in his controversial new short story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. “The world is both wonderful and terrible, but ideas belong to us all, and that’s what we need to explore.” On a hot evening […]

From the Editor: Old Souls

Vienna is a city of legends more than ever  these days, with podiums and forums filled with the faces and voices of some of Austria’s most distinguished émigrés, several covered in this month’s issue of The Vienna Review (pp. 4, 20, 32). They are all Jewish intellectuals, people of great talent, drive and accomplishment, who […]

Subterranean Cityscapes

Subterranean Cityscapes

Vienna’s summer streets are a hive of activity, as visitors make pilgrimage from park to palace, and market to museum. Understandably, many locals flee to the countryside for the cool and the quiet. But there is another way! And that is to head underground. Beneath the 1st District is a warren of secret places that […]

Wiesel returns 2004 medal

Wiesel returns 2004 medal

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel returned the Grand Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary he received in 2004 in protest of the government “encouraging the whitewashing of tragic and criminal episodes in Hungary’s past, namely the wartime Hungarian government’s involvement in the deportation and murder of hundreds of thousands of its […]

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