Program and Events

Guests Lecture Series

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020

    To commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day we cordially invite to a  Special Screening at the House of Austrian History. Bureau 06 - The Architects of the Trial.  A documentary film by Yoav Halevy

    6:30 pmHaus der Geschichte Österreich, Eingang: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Standort: Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, Wien.

    To commemorate the
    International Holocaust Remembrance Day we cordially invite to a

    Special Screening at the House of Austrian History

    Bureau 06 - The Architects of the Eichmann Trial
    A documentary film by Yoav Halevy (Open Doors Films/Israel)

    "...This is the dramatic story of Bureau 06, the team of police investigators formed for the sole purpose of investigating and preparing the grave charges brought by the Jewish people
    against Adolf Eichmann, during the trial that took place in Jerusalem, 1961..."

    Welcome: Dr. Monika Sommer, Director House of Austrian History
    The screening will be followed by a conversation with H.E. Ambassador Mordechai Rodgold, film director Yoav Halevy and historian Univ. Doz. Dr. Heidemarie Uhl, moderated by Dr. Thomas Ballhausen

    Entrance: Main entrance at the Neue Burg/Heldenplatz/Nationalbibliothek

    In cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, the House of Austrian History and the Austrian-Israeli Society

     

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020

    Prof. Shelly Zer-Zion. The Shtetl in the Eretz-Israeli Theatre of the 1930's and the performance of ethnic Zionism

    6:00 pmUniversity of Vienna (tbc)

    The Shtetl in the Eretz-Israeli Theatre of the 1930's and the performance of ethnic Zionism

    The Eastern European Jewish Shtetl was much more than a mere historical reality. Historians and literary scholars agree that "the Shtetl" was a metaphoric trope of Jewish imagination, an autonomous space that celebrated an imagined Jewish microcosm. The metaphoric image of the Jewish shtetl migrated to the Eretz-Israeli culture and occupied the stages of the Hebrew theatre of the 1930's. It became a shared fictional location that appeared in many artistic and cultural performative events.

    In this lecture Prof. Zer-Zion would like to explore how the theatrical events that re-enacted the landscapes of the shtetl constructed it as a location of boundary work that conceptualized it as a landscape of Jewish past while negotiating it with the Eretz-Israeli reality and desired future. I would like to focus on three case-studies. In the first case-study I will investigate the tension between peoplehood and the formation of cultural hegemony. On the second case-study I will discuss the temporal tension between past and present. The third case-study will focus on the spatial tension between a net of locations that constitute Jewish identity vs. the centrality of Eretz-Israel.