Book presentation: Danielle Spera '100 x Österreich: Judentum'
Do you know where Mazzes Island is? Are you familiar with Fanny von Arnstein or the Hare with the Amber Eyes? Austria’s Jewish history is as exciting as it is varied. Personalities from the worlds of art, literature, entertainment and science have shaped the country; the stately mansions on Vienna’s Ringstrasse still bear witness to the heyday of the Jewish upper class. Danielle Spera tells entertaining and well-founded stories about rabbis and cantors, about Shlom the Mintmaster and what he has to do with Richard the Lionhearted, about Berta Zuckerkandl’s salon, the Ephrussi and Rothschild families, Theodor Herzl and Sigmund Freud, from Jewish department stores and cemeteries to the OT memorial project. This book features interesting facts about Jewish festivals and customs, as well as about places such as the St. Charles Church, the Giant Ferris Wheel or Schönbrunn Palace, whose proximity to Judaism are only revealed at second glance. A very personal selection of 100 Jewish stories.
Danielle Spera, Dr. phil., born in Vienna, studied journalism and political science. 1978–2010 journalist, news presenter and editors’ council member at ORF, “Romy” award winner. Since 2010 director of the Jewish Museum Vienna, 2013–2018 university councilor at the Medical University of Innsbruck, president of ICOM Austria, author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art, Jewish topics and in the magazine “NU,” which she is the editor of. Most recently published by Amalthea: “Helena Rubinstein. Pioneer of Beauty” (2017), “The Place to Be. Salons as Places of Emancipation” (2018), “Arik Brauer. All of My Arts” (2019).
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