40 years Austrian Jewish Museum - a major anniversary
In 2012 the Austrian Jewish Museum in
Eisenstadt celebrates 40 years of existence. The entire year’s programme is a
tribute to this anniversary, offering numerous museal innovations. Highlights of
the 2012 anniversary programme are
The “gone by/gone over” project presents itself as a contemporary city and street exhibition, a museal project outside of the museal setting. Starting spring 2012 it will make the traces of Jewish Eisenstadt visible and accessible to Eisenstadt locals and visitors: the sights of Jewish life are to be highlighted by markings on the ground and accompanying plaques to weave impulses for commemoration into the Eisenstadt cityscape. Goal of this project is the public-ation of museal commemorative work - reprocessing Eisenstadt’s Jewish history in public space, outside of the “laboratory setting of the museum”.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO JEWISH BURGENLAND
Concerning the anniversary publication the
Austrian Jewish Museam is off to new territory: instead of the usual anniversary
publication it will be presenting a “Travel Guide to Jewish Burgenland”.
This “guide” will take readers to the former Jewish communities in
Burgenland, it invites visitors and anyone interested to discover traces of the
rich traditions of Jewish life in the area. The “Travel Guide to Jewish
Burgenland” will be published in German and English and will be released in
The Austrian Jewish Museum was lucky
enough to be allowed to move into the Hungarian Head Rabbi Samson Wertheimer’s
private palace in Eisenstadt’s former Judengasse (Jew Street); it is therefore
situated at a site for which Jewish life has been documented since Medievil
times and which has been home to an important Jewish community for over 300
years. The museum and its synagogue pay tribute to the unique Jewish history of
Eisenstadt and its surroundings. Around 1000m² of exhibition space offer an
informative and aesthetic frame for the history, religion and culture of the
upper Austrian Jews, the Burgenland Judaism in particular.
by Scholem Alejchem