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23. September 2021 08:00 - 01. November 2021 23:59
ChancenDas Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) sucht ab 1. Dezember 2021 eine/n AchivarIn für seine umfangreichen historischen Aktenbestände.
Das von der Stadt Wien und der Republik Österreich geförderte Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI), an dessen Konzeption Simon Wiesenthal noch persönlich beteiligt war, widmet sich der Erforschung, Dokumentation und Vermittlung von allen Fragen zu Antisemitismus, Ras...Weiterlesen...
02. October 2021 18:00 - 03. October 2021 01:00
InterventionORF-Lange Nacht der Museen 2021
Nachdem letztes Jahr die ORF-Lange Nacht der Museen nicht stattfinden konnte, freuen wir uns, dass das Museum Simon Wiesenthal – Die Zukunft des Erinnerns heuer wieder Teil des Programms ist. Am 2. Oktober 2021 ist ab 18:00 Uhr das Museum im Erdgeschoss des Wiener Wiesenthal Instituts...Weiterlesen...
19. October 2021 18:30
BuchpräsentationDani Gal, An Elaborate Gesture of Pastness. Three films by Dani Gal, Berlin/Lausanne, 2021
Dani Gal’s films occupy a borderland where fiction and historical reconstruction mingle and where the past bears disturbing messages for the present. Focused on a series of events unfolding at the margins of our usual narratives of the Holocaust, Gal’s work challenges what we thought ...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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