The Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Wien has two branches - this one in Judenplatz (recessed in the back) and another in Dorotheergasse - and was the first of its kind, founded back in 1896. I found both fascinating, but especially this one, thanks to its exhibit of Viennese Jewish life and times in the Middle Ages, including the remains of the city´s main synagogue, destroyed in 1421..

Meanwhile, the Judenplatz was historically the hub of Vienna´s Jewish community since its origins around 1150 and received that name in 1425, though persecutions and pogroms were inevitably part of the lot of Viennese Jews at various points in history - and especially during Austria´s seven years of Anschluss, as part of the Nazi Third Reich, when most Austrian Jews either left the country or ended up in concentration camps.. The steel-and-concrete Holocaust Memorial (foreground) was unveiled in 2000.   

José Balido



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