Judenplatz - Vienna


Judenplatz is a unique place of memorial: it links Rachel Whiteread’s memorial with the discovery of a medieval Synagogue, and a museum of Medieval Judaism. In the Middle Ages, this square was the centre of the Jewish ghetto, and the Jewish community brought much intellectual prestige to the city. However, they were also the victim of massacres and expulsions. It was only with the pacification edict by Emperor Joseph II of the Holy Empire at the end of the 18th century that the Jewish community really began to have a real influence on the city. At the start of the 20th century, the Jewish community made up 10% of the urban population, and Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, Karl Kraus, Arthur Schnitzler, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Paul and Ludwig Wittgenstein and Alban Berg are only some of their most famous representatives. With the realization of Simon Wiesenthal’s idea, the construction of a memorial for Austrian victims of the Holocaust, Judenplatz became a veritable place of memory.


Address : Judenplatz 1010 Vienna Austria

Subway : U Stephansplatz

Bus : Stop: Schwertgasse

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