Exhibition on Jews of the Shtettel

An exhibition on the life of East European Orthodox Jews tries to revive customs and atmosphere in the shtettel of the past. The Austrian Ethnographical Museum in Kittsee Palace shows exhibits to inform visitors of the situation of Orthodox Jews in the eastern parts of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

The exhibition, which opened earlier this year, is planned as a preview show for a large-scale exhibition on the life of Jews in the Middle Ages, which will open in the former ghetto in Eisenstadt next spring. Among exhibits to be seen in Kittsee are Torah crowns, circumcision knives, Chanukah chandeliers and pictures of everyday life in the shtettel. Kittsee Palace is situated near the Czechoslovak border only two miles off the city of Bratislava, some 50 miles east of Vienna.

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