Exhibition
 

DIE STADT OHNE

JUDEN MUSLIME FLÜCHTLINGE AUSLÄNDER

2.3. - 30.12.2018

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“The City Without Jews” was the title of Hugo Bettauer’s 1922 novel in which he described the expulsion of all Jews from Vienna, considered an inconceivable idea at the time. Director Hans Karl Breslauer’s film adaptation in 1924, however, was already accompanied by disruptive actions by National Socialists, and Bettauer was shot and killed by a Nazi in 1925. The rise of the National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party in Austria by means of terror resulted in the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria into the Third Reich) in 1938. The expulsion and murder of Central European Jews during the Holocaust followed.

 

The exhibition THE CITY WITHOUT accompanies the release of the newly restored silent film, internationally regarded as the first cinematographic statement against anti-Semitism. This unique historical document is not only presented inthe context of the history of  the First Republic but also in that of current social reality. Taking individual scenes as a point of departure, the exhibition oscillates between the past and the present: it shows how mechanisms of social exclusion function, retracing the individual stages of the exclusion process from the polarisation of society to the final expulsion of the »scapegoats«.


THE CITY WITHOUT
JEWS MUSLIMS REFUGEES MIGRANTS

Exhibition 2.3. – 30.12.2018

Curators

Andreas Brunner
Barbara Staudinger
Hannes Sulzenbacher

Gestaltung

MVD Austria

OPENING HOURS

Daily 15:00-21:00

SITE OF THE EXHIBITION

METRO Kinokulturhaus
Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Wien
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BOOKING OF GUIDED TOURS

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Führungen

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.

»Klug und berührend inszenierte Ausstellung«

Ö1

»Ein verstörendes Spiegelbild«

Falter

»Die nüchternen Bilder sind stumme Zeitdokumente, die das Verschwinden einer ganzen Bevölkerungsgruppe deutlich machen.«

ORF.at

»Brisante Ausstellung rund um den restaurierten Stummfilmklassiker DIE STADT OHNE JUDEN«

Kurier

Besuchern stockt der Atem beim Anblick der leeren Wiener Wohnungen vertriebener Juden 1938«

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