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Lockdown, 26 December 2020 – 8 February January 2021


Due to legal reasons the archivelibrary, and museum are closed from 26 December 2020 to 8 February 2021.



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19. January 2021 08:00 - 27. January 2021 23:59
FellowshipsCall for Fellowships 2021/22
Fellowships 2021/2022 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its fellowships for the academic year 2021/2022. The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and...Weiterlesen...
20. January 2021 15:00
VWI invites/goes to...Marta Havryshko: War on Women's Bodies. Sexual Violence during the Holocaust in Ukraine
VWI invites Helga Amesberger Sexual violence was one of the most horrific parts of women's everyday lives during the Holocaust. The presented research project analyses the causes, locations, patterns, forms, dynamics, and consequences of sexual violence perpetrated against Jewish gir...Weiterlesen...
27. January 2021 17:00
VeranstaltungWebinar zum Internationalen Holocaust-Gedenktag Am 27. Januar 1945 wurde das KZ Auschwitz befreit. Zum Internationalen Holocaust-Gedenktag laden _erinnern.at_ und das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) zu einem Webinar über das Arbeits- und Vern...Weiterlesen...
28. January 2021 18:30
Simon Wiesenthal LectureCaspar Battegay: Um-Deutung, Um-Erzählung, Dekontextualisierung. Die Shoah in der Gegenwart Bei den Protesten gegen die Corona-Maßnahmen wurden Symbole des Holocaust wie der »Judenstern« in Anspruch genommen, um damit eine vermeintliche Marginalisierung abweichender Haltungen zum Ausdruck zu bringen....Weiterlesen...

Lisa Silverman

Senior Fellow (10/2019–03/2020)


The Postwar Antisemite. Culture and Complicity in Austria and Germany 1945–1965



This book project examines the development of the figural antisemite in texts, trials, and visual culture after 1945. It argues that this figure became an indispensable trope in postwar culture, enabling Austrians and Germans to deny complicity in the Holocaust, navigate a radically changed political and cultural landscape, and re-establish lives upended by war. As a readily recognisable and easily adaptable figure of evil, the antisemite often replaced the figural Jew, the ultimate Other of prewar Central European culture. Yet, this replacement signalled neither a desire for the inclusion of Jews in postwar society, nor a destabilization of widespread and systemic antisemitic prejudices. Rather, it highlighted how narratives created after the Holocaust continued to rely upon deeply engrained tropes of ‘Jewish difference’, even as they suppressed explicit antisemitism. The damaging effects of the figural antisemite spread far beyond Europe and continue to this day.


Lisa Silverman is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Contributing Editor of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book. Her research focusses on Jewish cultural history and antisemitism in modern Central Europe.


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