In the 1920s and 1930s, anti-Semites were calling for the expulsion of »Jews«; today we are witnessing comparable campaigns: against migrants, Muslims, and refugees. THE CITY WITHOUT thus raises the question whether and to what extent we can, should or even must compare the social division during the rise of National Socialism to that of the present.
In the film, the Jews returned to Vienna; in reality, the situation was to be completely different. Proceeding from Bettauer’s and the film’s vision, the exhibition turns to the actual historical consequences of the expulsion of the Jewish population, the Shoah. In view of its connection to the present, THE CITY WITHOUT is not only a historical exhibition but also an intervention that critically examines issues of Austria’s cultural identity with all its ruptures and rejections to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Republic’s founding. The recently rediscovered film images of THE CITY WITHOUT JEWS serve as a projection screen.