Flash back to 1895, when Vienna’s Jewish Museum was the first of its kind in the world. Four decades of collecting and connoisseurship came to an abrupt end in 1938, when the Nazis confiscated its content and forcibly closed the museum.
Today the museum exists as a tribute to Vienna’s once vibrant Jewish community and its destruction in the Holocaust. It reopened in 1993 in Palais Eskeles, a small town palace just steps away from Stephansplatz. Since its inauguration, the museum has mounted about 40 special exhibitions exploring various aspects of Jewish art and culture. On permanent display is the Judaica collection of philanthropist Max Berger and an installation of holograms depicting Vienna’s Jewish history.
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