The Ephrussis. Travel in Time

06 November 2019 to 08 March 2020

Museum Dorotheergasse


Things and the stories that tell about the people who once collected them, held them in their hands, passed them on and found them again are the focus of the exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna. It examines the fate of the Ephrussi family, who originated from Russia, and their voluntary and involuntary travels between Russia, Austria, France, Great Britain, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Japan and other countries. On the basis of selected objects, documents and pictures, the economic and social development of a European-Jewish family, whose descendants now live scattered throughout the world as a result of flight and expulsion during the Nazi era, is traced. Works once belonging to the family can be found today in international museums and art collections. These recall the former owners and their relationships with the artistic and intellectual circles of that time in Odessa, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Madrid and other places.

At the heart of the exhibition is the Ephrussi Family Archives, donated to the Jewish Museum by the De Waal family, as well as 157 netsukes the family will loan to the museum.

Curators: Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz, Tom Juncker

LAST PLACES BEFORE DEPORTATION Kleine Sperlgasse, Castellezgasse, Malzgasse

11. May 2018 to 22. November 2019

Amtshaus of the district Leopoldstadt
Karmelitergasse 9,
1020 Vienna

Kleine Sperlgasse 2a, Castellezgasse 35, Malzgasse 7 and 16 – these addresses in Vienna-Leopoldstadt are virtually absent in the collective memory. In the topography of the Shoah of Vienna and Austria, however, these are central places. Here in the years 1941/42 there were four transit camps, in which Jews were interned before the deportation. From here, groups of 1,000 people each were taken by truck to the Aspang station. From February 1941 to October 1942, a total of 45 deportation trains went to ghettos and extermination camps. Most of the more than 66,000 Austrian Shoah victims were sent to their deaths by the four collective camps. The path to annihilation began in the middle of the city. The exhibition “Last places before the deportation. Kleine Sperlgasse, Castellezgasse, Malzgasse “reconstructs and conveys the meaning of these now almost forgotten last places before the deportation.

Further information here.

Café As. The Survival of Simon Wiesenthal

29 May to 24 November 2019 
Jewish Museum
Dorotheergasse 11,
1010 Vienna

Simon Wiesenthal is known to this day as the person who dedicated his life to seeking justice for the victims of the Shoah and as the man who tracked down Adolf Eichmann. Before the occupation of Poland and his persecution by the Nazis, Wiesenthal worked as an architect. During his detention at the Mauthausen concentration camp, he met the Polish coffee merchant Edmund Staniszewski, who secretly supplied him with bread for survival. Staniszewski wanted to open a coffee house in Poznan after the war and asked Simon Wiesenthal to design “Café As” (“Café Ace”).Wiesenthal made initial sketches for the café, advertisements, cake decorations and even designs for the waiters’ uniforms—everything we call a “corporate identity” today. After the liberation of the concentration camp, Wiesenthal worked on the drawings, which he made based on sketches from Mauthausen, from May to July 1945. However, “Café As” never opened.

The set of 80 detailed plans and drawings for “Café As” was acquired by the Jewish Museum Vienna from the estate of Edmund Staniszewski for its collections with the support of the “US Friends of the Jewish Museum Vienna.” It is a unique and significant testimony of survival in the murderous system of National Socialism.

Curator: Michaela Vocelka

Image (c) Jüdisches Museum Wien