The Jewish Quarter in Hohenems has been receiving increasing public attention since 1991. Many buildings have been renovated and lovingly restored, in large part in close cooperation with the monuments protection authorities. This urban development has had a strong impact on the entire Hohenems center, especially on the neighboring former “Christengasse.” By now, the ensemble of the former “Judengasse” and “Christengasse” is considered unique.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Salomon Sulzer Hall in Hohenems | Despite a modest lineage as butchers and cattle dealers in Hohenems, the Jewish Brunner family experienced a steep social and cultural rise: at the beginning of the 19th century, almost an entire generation left Vorarlberg to seek their fortune elsewhere.
In cooperation with the City Archive Hohenems, the City of Göppingen, the Jewish Museum Meran and the Jewish Community Bratislava | With contributions by Tomáš Stern (Chairman of the Jewish Community Bratislava), Eva Grabherr (okay. zusammen leben), Mario Lechner (City Archive Hohenems), Federico Steinhaus (Meran), Joachim Innerhofer (Jewish Museum Meran), Sabine Mayr (Jewish Museum Meran), Alex Maier (Mayor of the City of Göppingen), Uri Taenzer (Willingboro, New Jersey, USA) and Mayor Dieter Egger (Hohenems). Moderation: Hanno Loewy (Jewish Museum Hohenems).
We recommend a look at this page on the current exhibition “The Last Europeans”: www.lasteuropeans.eu ►. Here you will find insights into the exhibition, exciting interviews, lectures and debates – and a critical European diary that explores the crises and distortions of the European project, the handling of human rights and democracy, and the political abuse of Jewish history and the present by the nationalist populism of these days.
We wish you all the best, stay healthy and see you soon!
Hanno Loewy and team
Dear friends of the Jewish Museum Hohenems, Ladies and Gentlemen,
from June 1, 2020, the doors of the Jewish Museum of Hohenems will once again be open to visitors, at the usual times from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, all the prescribed hygiene and safety measures will be observed and our exhibition “End of Testimony?” ►, which we had to interrupt in March, can now be extended until August 16. This exhibition can be visited from June 1 to August 16, 2020!
Our new exhibition “The Last Europeans” ►, which was originally to start in May, has been postponed to the fall, and is expected to open on October 4.
The permanent exhibition and the children’s exhibition will also be open again from June 1, and the caféteria and our beautiful garden will then invite you to relax and communicate, naturally with a little physical distance. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum from June 1! Until then we wish you all the best, stay healthy!
Hanno Loewy and the Jewish Museum Team
An exhibition of the Jewish Museum Hohenems and the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial, in cooperation with the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ)
The era of eyewitness accounts about the Holocaust is approaching its end. Only few survivors of the Nazi regime can still speak from their own experience—or talk about those people who were murdered in the Holocaust. What remains are literary testimonies and countless video interviews with survivors—as well as the question of how we want to deal with this legacy in the future.
Reason enough to focus on the history of Holocaust testimonies, to explore the complex relationship between eyewitness and interviewer, medium and society. Here, the focus is placed on the memory of the Shoah as it has been passed on in interviews and recordings of public appearances of survivors. It becomes a narrative—wrested from a trauma and, at the same time, the product of relationships and interests, depending on its respective context in politics and society, in court or school classes, for research, television, or cinema.
The exhibition “End of Testimony?“ scrutinizes the “making of“ interviews and their social role since 1945; and provides insights into the video collection of the Jewish Museum Hohenems, with interviews that have never been shown before.
The European imperative of “Never Again!” is being challenged by many, also here in Austria. At the same time, Europe’s nationalists are discovering their own fantasy of the “Christian-Jewish Occident”—as a battle cry against immigration and integration. The values of the Enlightenment, which constituted the foundation of European rapprochement in the wake of the catastrophes of the 20th century, are reversed into their opposite and turned into means of seclusion and marginalization.
October 14, until November 17, 2019 | Im Rahmen eines Projekts der Architekturfakultät der Universität Liechtenstein haben 13 Studierende sich intensiv mit der Stadt Hohenems und seinem Jüdischen Museum auseinandergesetzt. Das von der Stadt Hohenems und dem Land Vorarlberg geförderte Projekt soll dazu dienen, mögliche Entwicklungsperspektiven für das Museum und den städtischen Raum, der es umgibt, auszuloten.
The annual newspaper of the Jewish Museum Hohenems (its title refers to a note in Yiddish and Hebrew on the writ of privilege of 1617) is presenting reports on crucial dimensions of our museum’s activities. The second edition of 2018 includes speeches, reports and a photo documentation of the grand Reunion of descendants in 2018 – and exemplary family stories of Hohenems descendants all over the world, namely the Brunners, Rosenthals, Kahns, Hirschfelds, Burgauers, Sulzers and Landauers. The newspaper can be ordered through the museum (shipping costs).