This project documents Jewish history in Vienna. Enjoy our pages!
The city of Vienna has been home of many famous Jewish people, such as Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, Stefan Zweig or Arthur Schnitzler. The following pictures tell the Jewish history of our hometown Vienna.
This website tells you more about current Jewish life in Vienna.
Although our Jewish community in Vienna is rather small (7,000 members), we have one of the liveliest and best organized communities in Europe, with three schools, several Jewish youth clubs, around eight synagogues, a Jewish old age home and all sorts of cultural and social clubs. We also have the most awesome sports club and hall in Europe with a great Maccabi team!
Our school offers a voluntary module (1 afternoon a week) about fighting racism and anti-Semitism. In the course of this module, we organized some interesting projects. On this page, you can read more about these projects and look at some photos!
A photo project on two of the many lost synagogues in Vienna
The Turkish synagogue was located in the Zirkusgasse in Vienna´s 2nd district, the Leopoldstadt. It was destroyed in 1938 during the November pogrom, orchestrated by the Nazi regime. To learn more about the history of the synagogue, you can read the document on the right. The synagogue at Turnergasse 22 in the 15th district in Vienna was opened in 1872. It was used by the Jewish community until 1938. Learn more about its history in the document on the right.
For our history class project, we researched the history of the oldest Synagogue in Vienna, the Seitenstetten-Tempel in the first district. Below are some photos of the synagogue.
The so called Stadttempel in the Seitenstettengasse 4, 1010 Vienna, is Vienna’s main and oldest Synagogue. It was built in the years 1824- 1826 in a Neo-Classical style after the plans of the well known Austrian Architect J. Kornhäusel (1). It was officially opened on the 9th of April 1826 and the first Rabbi of the Stadttempel was Isak Noa Mannheimer.
For a history class project, we looked into the school archives to find former Jewish pupils who were expelled from our school in 1938. On the right, you can find a document of all the former pupils´ names we found, and an interview with one of them
In June 2010, Mr. Rosner visited us. He attended classes at our school from 1934 to 1938. We had the chance to talk to him, and he told us about his life. In the 'Our Documents'-section, you can download a brief reflection on this visit.