Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz, Sabine Bergler.
Vienna, Austria, 2015. 341 pp., illustrations: 159 col., 47 b&w, 27 × 21.3 cm. German and English.
Jüdisches Museum Wien (25 March–4 October 2015)
The light and dark sides of the Ringstrasse era from the Jewish perspective: the social rise of a small Jewish elite, the daily struggle for survival of the masses of Jews, and the political exploitation of anti-Semitism and its consequences. Monumental catalog with 12 essays, including: “Family stories: The Ringstrasse palaces and their occupants” (Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz); “Jewish Ringstrasse principals and architects” (Markus Kristan); and “Targets of anti-Semitic populism. Wealthy Jews and the Vienna Ringstrasse” (Albert Lichtblau). Numerous historical photographs, including images of ceremonial objects and Torah ornaments. No itemized listing.