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  • Jewish Salons Vienna

    So, Budapest. Been here only since late Thursday, but so much has happened — full day of meetings on Friday, huge Shabbat dinner thing Friday night, first day off in 2.5 weeks Saturday, and an evening spent at Cafe Siraly (I’d tell you there’s a video coming soon, but you wouldn’t believe it anyway). Anyway,… More ▸

  • Vienna Waits For You

    Until she doesn’t. Right now, I should be settling into my seat on a train bound for Budapest, plugging in my laptop, and getting to work on that Salons video (coming soon — I promise). Unfortunately, my new friend Yvonne Feiger — who has otherwise been of incalculable help to me these past few days… More ▸

  • How very Viennese

    I hesitate to say much about last night’s Jewish Salons event in Vienna since I aim to have a video up tomorrow that will give you a better impression than words ever could, but — aside from noting the four-hour assault on my lungs from all the cigarette smoke — I will offer this: Having… More ▸

  • In Austria, remembering prewar Jewish life, not just death

    It’s fairly common these days in Europe to remember the murder of European Jewry and educate young people about the evils of the past. A photo exhibit in Austria is part of a growing interest in remembering the vibrant Jewish societies in Europe that existed before the Holocaust. More ▸

  • At Tumultuous Time, Haider’s Death Removes a Key Player in Austria

    The death of Joerg Haider, a controversial and charismatic right-wing politician in Austria, has removed one of the country’s key players at a time of political turmoil following unprecedented far-right gains in last month’s general elections. Haider, 58, was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his car and crashed while passing another vehicle… More ▸

  • Austria’s Oscar Nominee Explores Jewish Dilemma During the Shoah

    Much of the Jewish Oscar buzz is focused on director Joseph Cedar’s “Beaufort” and the chances of an Israeli film picking up an Academy Award for the first time. But another Jewish themed film — the Austrian-made “Counterfeiters” — is also up for foreign-language Oscar honors, along with three other movies. Set in 1943, the… More ▸

  • Vienna Courts Will Make the Call on Expulsion of Anti-zionist’s Kids

    Moishe Ayre Friedman’s children may be paying for the infamy of their father, an anti-Zionist Jew who attended a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran. Five of his children were expelled from their private Orthodox Jewish school in Vienna about a month after Friedman, dressed in Chasidic attire, was shown in media outlets worldwide warmly shaking… More ▸