Jewish life today in pictures

A new photographic exhibit offers a realistic insight in the life of Vienna’s Jewish community.

“Heute in Wien 2012” – now on at the Jewish Museum’s Museum Judenplatz location – features images by Josef Polleross. Most of them were taken in the city’s Leopoldstadt district where Jewish 1life is concentrated. A picture book by Harry Weber bearing the same name as the current exhibition was released 1996. Polleross’ collection of photographs is a worthy successor and update. His images show Austrian Jews celebrating Bar Mitzvahs and other festivities. However, he does not shy away from highlighting conflicts they are confronted with such as those caused by the activities of right-wing student fraternities.

A photographic exhibition called “Vienna’s Shooting Girls” ended recently. The acclaimed exhibit drew the crowds in the past months at the Jewish Museum’s main location in the city centre of Vienna. A catalogue released to summarise the exhibit’s photographic and historical contents is still on sale. “Heute in Wien 2012” is the subject of a new photographic catalogue as well.


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