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Due to the new regulations, the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies will be closed until 2 May 2021.

This concerns the archive, library and museum.

Latest Events and Calls

18. April 2021 08:00 - 30. April 2021 23:59
CfP - WorkshopsPrecarious Archives, Precarious Voices: Expanding Jewish Narratives from the Margins
“Like belongings washed upon the seashore, testimonial objects of survivors – albums, collages, sketches, difficult to decipher manuscripts – are being collected and, because of the precariousness inherent in their message and authenticity, they are passed from one to another.”Mona Kö...Weiterlesen...
18. April 2021 08:00 - 30. June 2021 23:59
CfP - WorkshopsNazis and Nazi Sympathisers in South America after 1945. Careers and Networks in their Destination Countries
Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele, Klaus Barbie, and Erich Priebke: These names are exemplary of the Nazi criminals who found refuge in South America after 1945. There, they either remained untroubled or were only made accountable for their crimes many years later. Investigations into th...Weiterlesen...
19. April 2021 14:00 - 21. April 2021 18:00
WorkshopÜberlebendenverbände. Erinnerungsgemeinschaften und politische Akteure im Kalten Krieg
„Nie wieder!“ – dieser Ruf, als Motto auf zahlreichen Veranstaltungen wie den Befreiungsfeiern in den Konzentrationslagern zu hören bzw. auf Transparenten und Plakaten seit 1945 zu lesen, war zentraler Ansporn und zentrales Motiv für vielfältige Aktivitäten von Überlebendenorganisatio...Weiterlesen...
22. April 2021 18:30
Simon Wiesenthal LectureLarry Wolff: Woodrow Wilson and the Remapping of Eastern Europe. Majorities, Minorities, and Plebiscites
This lecture will address some of the complications that followed from Wilson’s articulation of the principle of national self-determination for the remapping of Eastern Europe. Wilson, who never visited Eastern Europe and barely thought about the region before1917, educated himself v...Weiterlesen...
26. April 2021 15:00
VWI invites/goes to...Judith Vöcker: “In the Name of the German Nation” The German Jurisdiction in Warsaw and Radom during the Nazi Occupation of the General Government (1939–1944)
VWI invites the Department of Legal and Constitutional History at the University of Vienna This research project focusses on the German jurisdiction in the General Government and how it treated and punished crimes committed by Jews, Poles, and ethnic Germans during the Nazi occupatio...Weiterlesen...

Lisa Silverman

Senior Fellow (10/2019–03/2020)

 

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

 

SILVERMAN

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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