Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars by Lisa SilvermanBecoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars by Lisa Silverman

Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars

byLisa Silverman

Paperback | August 15, 2015

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The collapse of Austria-Hungary in 1918 left all Austrians in a state of political, social, and economic turmoil, but Jews in particular found their lives shaken to the core. Although Jews' former comfort zone suddenly disappeared, the dissolution of the Dual Monarchy also created plenty ofroom for innovation and change in the realm of culture. Jews eagerly took up the challenge to fill this void, and they became heavily invested in culture as a way to shape their new, but also vexed, self-understandings. By isolating the years between the World Wars and examining formative events in both Vienna and the provinces, Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars demonstrates that an intensified marking of people, places, and events as "Jewish" accompanied the crises occurring in the wakeof Austria-Hungary's collapse, with profound effects on Austria's cultural legacy. In some cases, the consequences of this marking resulted in grave injustices. Philipp Halsmann, for example, was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his father years before he became a world-famous photographer.And the men who shot and killed writer Hugo Bettauer and philosopher Moritz Schlick received inadequate punishment for their murderous deeds. But engagements with the terms of Jewish difference also characterized the creation of culture, as shown in Hugo Bettauer's satirical novelThe City without Jews and its film adaptation, other texts by Veza Canetti, David Vogel, A.M. Fuchs, Vicki Baum, and Mela Hartwig, and performances at theSalzburg Festival and the Yiddish theater in Vienna. By examining the lives, works, and deeds of a broad range of Austrians, Lisa Silverman reveals how the social codings of politics, gender, and nation received a powerful boost when articulated along the lines of Jewish difference.
Lisa Silverman is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She is co-editor with Arijit Sen of Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City and co-editor with Deborah Holmes of Interwar Vienna: Culture between Tradition and Modernity.
Title:Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World WarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:August 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190257814

ISBN - 13:9780190257811


Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Price of Inclusion: Austria's First Republic and the Jews1. Courts of Injustice: Four Trials, Three Murders, Two Jews2. Stadt ohne Judinnen: Absent Jews and Invisible Women in The City without Jews3. Vienna's Jewish Geography: The Leopoldstadt in Interwar Literature4. Searching for Redemption: The Salzburg Festival Meets Yiddish TheatreConclusionAustria's Jewish Past and the FutureNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Lisa Silverman's Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars may be the most important book on the history of Jewish identity formation in central Europe to appear this century." --Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor ofPsychiatry, Emory University