Film Screening “Die Stadt ohne Juden” (“The City Without Jews”)
Monday, September 17, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
Museum Dorotheergasse – Palais Eskeles
Today, “Die Stadt ohne Juden” is regarded as one of the most important Austrian film productions of the inter-war years. Based on Hugo Bettauer’s novel, the movie shows in disturbing foresight the cultural and economic impoverishment of a city following the expulsion its Jewish population. Almost 100 years after its cinematic adaptation by Hans Karl Breslauer, Hugo Bettauer’s “novel of our time” turns out to be highly topical.
After missing scenes of the movie had been found at a Parisian flea market in 2015, the Film Archive Austria launched a large crowdfunding initiative and was able to restore the film almost completely in an extensive process. The originally lost ending, a dramaturgical parallel narrative, and hitherto unknown images with a clear anti-Semitic connotation make the film appear in a completely new light.
In the scope of the “Kino der Orte” (“Cinema of Places”) series. In cooperation with the Film Archive Austria.
Advance booking requested: 535 04 31-1510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free admission as of 6:15 p.m.
Persecuted. Engaged. Married. Marriages of Convenience in Exile
until October 7, 2018
March 1938 marked the start of a race against time for Austrian Jews. Some Viennese Jewish women sought to escape through marriages of convenience with foreign citizens. The marriages were concluded on paper, be it out of solidarity or against payment, to enable these women to reach a country where Jews were not (yet) persecuted. Women who had already left Austria entered into marriages of convenience so as to avoid being stateless or in order to acquire a work permit. 13 women, including Stella Kadmon and Alma Rosé, tell their different stories and describe the risks and opportunities offered by a marriage of convenience as a survival strategy—with varying results. The theater director Stella Kadmon found refuge in Palestine, while the violinist Alma Rosé was killed in Auschwitz. Very few women talked about their marriages afterwards.
Curators: Sabine Bergler and Irene Messinger
Design: Gabu Heindl and Team/Toledo i Dertschei