Viennese Jewish culture lives on

The postwar community in Vienna has undergone a steady process of flux and evolution, with many of the current Jewish population coming from the former Soviet Union.

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August 30, 2017 19:54
(State Synagogue) in Vienna

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.

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