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Ringstrasse : ein jüdischer Boulevard; A Jewish boulevard

Ringstrasse : ein jüdischer Boulevard; A Jewish boulevard

By Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz (Curator, Editor and Contributor)
With a preface by Danielle Spera
German and English Text

After the walls surrounding the city of Vienna had been demolished, they were replaced by a magnificent boulevard, which became a sought after address for the aristocracy and haute bourgeoisie. Among the new property owners were many Jewish businessmen and bankers who contributed to the economic boom of the Grunderzeit era. They hired renowned architects, including Jewish ones, and were prominent collectors and patrons of the arts.

Behind the stately facades the families went about their daily lives, but there was also room for salons and charity events. At the same time, the noble Ringstrasse society had its share of disputes about conversion, mental disorders, and anti-Semitic attacks.

This book accompanying the exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna documents the light and dark sides of the Ringstrasse era: the social ascendancy of the Jewish elite. the daily struggle for survival of the majority of the Jewish population, and the political exploitation of anti-Semitism.

Paperback
344 Pages
Jüdisches Museum Wien 
Amalthea
8.3 x 1.2 x 10.6 inches
ISBN 9783850029155

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