ROMAN GRINBERG conducts the Vienna Jewish Choir at the Stadttempel (State Synagogue) in Vienna. .
(photo credit: OURIEL MORGENSZTERN)
Austrian Jewry, like all communities across Europe, has had its ups and downs. Over the centuries there have been rulers who actively encouraged Jews to take a full role in local financial and even political affairs.And, of course, there have been downright antisemitic monsters who caused the community no end of trouble – including expulsion, execution and even permitting only the firstborn of each Jewish family to marry to keep the Jewish birthrate in check.