Documentation of Jewish Communities in Austria
The Documentation of Jewish Communities in Austria is a multimedia-based database dedicated to the history and heritage of the Jewish communities that have flourished on the territory of the Republic of Austria from the early Middle Ages until the beginning of the 21st century.
The database is divided into a number of sections, each one dealing with a major historical period or subject. The Overview of the Jewish Life in Austria serves as a multimedia-based foreword offering a succinct introduction to the tremendous heritage of Jewish communities in Austria. Jewish life in the Middle Ages, Modern and Contemporary eras is dealt with in separate chapters, each listing tens of communities that have existed in the Austrian lands during those periods. Each historical section deals with a number of subjects; among them special emphasis has been put among others on demography, communal organizations, religious and cultural life, occupations, daily life, gender studies, legal status and relationships with the Austrian society, anti-Jewish persecutions and the Holocaust, and mutual influences between Jews and Austrians.
Homepage of Documentation of Jewish Communities in Austria
Interface of the Overview section of the database
Interactive map showing the Jewish communities in Austria in the Modern Era (to 1945)
Emigration from Austria in the 1930's
The database includes two Timelines; one is dedicated to a chronological presentation of the major events in the life of the Jewish communities in Austria since the first mention of Jewish presence in the early Middle Ages until the beginning of the 21st century. 1923 A Year in Vienna is the subject of the second timeline that focuses on daily life events of the Jewish population in Vienna as reported in the press of the period. In addition, the database boasts hundreds of biographies of Jewish personalities of Austrian origin or who activated in Austria. A separate section of the database is dedicated to the history and heritage of the Jews of Vienna from the Middle Ages until the beginning of the 21st century. The story of the Jewish presence in Austria is illustrated by a rich visual documentation, including video clips, as well as by musical recordings and interactive maps.
The Documentation of Jewish Communities in Austria is available in English and Hebrew and may be viewed in the Permanent Exhibit of the Museum.
The Documentation of Jewish Communities in Austria was made possible by a generous grant from the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism.
Synagogues in Vienna
1923 - A Year in Vienna: a Timeline of Jewish daily life