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  • At Maccabi Games in Vienna, symbolism—and girls

    July 11, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    The symbolism was unmistakable.

    Four thousand Jews stood just a few hundred yards away from the spot where a quarter-million Austrians cheered Adolf Hitler in March 1938 as he announced Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria.

    This time, however, the Jews had come to celebrate, as...

  • For native Austrians, a symbolic swim ‘to show the Nazis’

    July 11, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    When he come to the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna, John Benfield didn’t return to his native Austria for any medals.

    “I’m not a competitive swimmer,” said Benfield, 80, of Los Angeles. “But when I heard that the European Maccabi Games were being held in Vienna, I knew it was...

  • European Maccabi Games open in Vienna

    July 7, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Austria’s President Heinz Fischer formally opened the 13th European Maccabi Games at the biggest Jewish gathering in Vienna since the Holocaust.

    As many as 5,000 people attended Wednesday’s three-hour opening ceremony, a mixture of speeches and spectacle that was held outside City...

  • Leopold settles with heir over Schiele painting

    May 12, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    The Leopold Museum has agreed to settle with one of the heirs of an Austrian Jewish art collector for her share in a valuable painting.

    The museum based in Vienna will pay $5 million to the granddaughter of Austrian Jewish art collector Jenny Steiner for her share in the 1914...

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  • Two Nazi-looted paintings restituted to Vienna family

    April 6, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Two paintings confiscated by the Nazis from a Jewish family in Vienna have been returned to its heirs following two years of negotiations.

    The London-based Commission for Looted Art in Europe announced Wednesday that a work by Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein (1788-1868) was...

  • Jewish museum officials decry Vienna exhibit destruction

    February 9, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    Directors of Jewish museums and educational institutes in Europe have written an open letter condemning the destruction of a 16-year-old exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Vienna.

    The exhibit, based on holograms, was removed recently to make way for a new exhibit due to open next...

  • Vienna Jews sue over Turkish film

    February 2, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    Vienna’s Jewish community has sued a cinema chain and a film distributor over a newly released Turkish film it calls anti-Semitic.

    The suit was filed Tuesday, several days after the release of “Valley of the Wolves-Palestine” in Austria and Germany.

    The film, accused of using...

  • In saving Jewish remnants in Galicia, an effort to enlist Ukrainians

    December 20, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    On a sloping green hill tucked between small farmsteads, the mottled graves of Jews buried here since the 1600s rise up like a forgotten forest.

    Trudging through the mud between the tilted stones, their chiseled Hebrew lettering and renderings of menorahs sometimes barely visible,...

  • History of Hollywood Jews to show in Vienna

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 15, 2010 | 10:05 am

    Werner Hanak-Lettner, a curator for the Jüdisches Museum Wien (the Jewish Museum Vienna) has lately been asking a lot of people the question, “Does Hollywood feel like a Jewish place?”

    The simple answer could be “not really.” But according to Hanak-Lettner, who is...

  • Viennese Jews facing harassment over flotilla

    June 17, 2010 | 10:12 am

    Jews in Vienna reportedly have been facing almost daily harassment since Israel’s deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

    Ariel Muzicant, president of the Viennese Jewish community, told the Austrian national public broadcaster ORF that members of the Jewish community have...

  • Groups protest Iran FM’s Vienna visit

    April 22, 2010 | 11:26 am

    As Iran began a massive military exercise in the Persian Gulf, Jewish groups protested the impending visit of Iran’s foreign minister to Vienna.

    Manoucher Mottaki is scheduled to travel to Vienna on Sunday, where he will be hosted by his Austrian counterpart, Michael Spindelegger.

    ...
  • Vienna Glories in Past and Present

    By Carvin Knowles

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty years after the end of World War II, Vienna has reclaimed its roots as a city of culture. Not the culture of stoic monuments to faded glory or landmarks illuminated by historical plaques, but in a living, breathing, heart-still-pumping way. Grand-yet-graceful music, art and...

  • Curtain Rises on Mozart’s Jewish Tie

    By Carvin Knowles

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On Jan. 27, Austria is marking the 250th birthday of its favorite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In honor of this sesquibicentennial, the city of Vienna is planning an impressive program of more than 1,000 events, including 350 public concerts and performances of the composer's operas...

  • High Marks for Jewish Swimmers

    By Tom Tugend

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Watermarks" is a life-affirming documentary that celebrates the constancy of courage and grace, from youth to old age.

    Its setting is the waltz-loving Austria of the 1920s and '30s, where the lithe young swimmers of the fabled Hakoah ("the strength") Vienna sports club are...

  • Two Tickets to ‘Paradise’

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    There was a time in the 1930s and '40s when Los Angeles, until then considered a barbarian desert outpost by effete Eastern snobs, became the European culture capital in exile.

    An influx of the greatest Jewish artists from Berlin, Vienna and Budapest, fleeing Nazi persecution,...

  • The Rebirth of Jewish Vienna

    By Curt Leviant

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As our British Airways jet approached Vienna, we were able to make out the famous skyline of the Austrian capital. Excited, snatches of Viennese waltzes ran through our head, which somehow then turned to melodies by Mozart and Beethoven. But then more somber, darker images of the...

  • A Survivor’s Pesach

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Passover I spent with Rav Tov, a Jewish Rescue Organization in Vienna, in 2001, was my first time being separated from my family and  our Pesach seder.

    Rabbi Michael Pressburger, a prominent Austrian rabbi, hosted us in his small Orthodox synagogue. Pressburger, a native...

  • Homecoming From Hell

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One day during his junior year abroad in Vienna in 1978, Jon Marans told a professor of his intention to visit the concentration camp Dachau. Her response stunned him. "She said, 'Why do you want to go there for? It's just a bunch of dead Jews,'" recalled the Pulitzer-nominated...

  • Vienna’s first Holocaust museum

    By Edward Serotta

    November 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    For a country that has had more than a few problems facing its past, the decision to build Vienna's first Holocaust museum came almost easily.

    It was the follow-through that was difficult, time-consuming and controversial.

    Vienna's Holocaust Memorial in the inner city's Judenplatz was...

  • Vienna Opens

    By Tom Tugend

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The new Arnold Schoenberg Center occupies onefloor of the Palais Fanto in downtown Vienna. A recital auditorium isamong its features.

    With a week-long celebration to mark theopening of the Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna heaped honors on theseminal composer of 20th-century music,...

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