Exhibition goes Wells Maltings: The Vienna Model of Radicalisation. Austria and the Shoah

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Exhibition goes Wells Maltings: The Vienna Model of Radicalisation. Austria and the Shoah

  • 17 Jan 2024 — 2 Feb 2024

We are excited to announce that the exhibition, which was launched at the Wiener Holocaust Library in 2022, is going to be on show at Handa Gallery at Wells Maltings around Holocaust Memorial Day 2024! This exhibition explores the significance of the Holocaust in Austria.

Based on recent research, The Vienna Model of Radicalisation. Austria and the Shoah highlights the role of Vienna as gateway for the radicalisation of antisemitic policy in the Nazi State. The “Vienna Model” – a term coined by historian Hans Safrian – entailed the accelerated expropriation and expulsion policy in Austria. In 1941, the Central Office for Jewish Emigration, which had been set up by Adolf Eichmann in 1938, developed an organisational model for deporting the Jewish population to ghettos, extermination camps and killing sites.

1941, the Nazi regime began with the systematic deportation of the Jewish population in Nazi Germany. The first deportation as part of this Reich-wide policy was a transport of 1,000 Jews that left Vienna’s Aspang train station for the Litzmannstadt/Łódź ghetto on 15 October 1941. By October 1942, the deportation of the majority of Austrian Jews was concluded. More than 45,600 persons had been deported in 45 transports in 1941 and 1942. While numerous Austrian Jewish refugees were seized by Nazi authorities in occupied Europe, the majority of the more than 66,000 Austrian Jewish victims of the Shoah was deported from Vienna.

The exhibition reveals Jewish self-help and acts of resistance by courageous individuals. It pays tribute to the UK, the US and other countries, in providing refuge to Jewish refugees. It illuminates the silence around the Holocaust in postwar Austria, a silence the perpetrators benefitted from.

The exhibition emphasizes how Austria remains charged with remembering the Holocaust both now and in the future – and that the fight against antisemitism and racism is as timely as ever.

Saturday 27 January: Holocaust Memorial 2024 at Wells Maltings

5pm: Hope

Malka Levine was two when the Nazi invaders forced her family into the Jewish ghetto in Volodymyr-Volynsky, a small city in present day Ukraine. Of the 25,000 Jews in the city, only 30 would survive. Malka will be talking about her newly published memoir, A Mother’s Courage.

6pm: Kinder

Matt Lloyd, artistic director of Smoking Apples, in conversation with Wells Maltings director Simon Daykin on Kinder, his theatre show where innovative puppetry and stories on Kindertransport came together on stage last year.

7pm: Resilience

Panel discussion on the premise that outcomes for individuals, organisations and nation states threatened by adversity depend less on lethality and severity of the threats than on the resilience of the threatened. With Ian Scott.

More info on Wells Maltings here.

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© Private collection of Martin Vogel

Farewell photo with an inscription by Maxi Reich (1928–1941/42) written three days before his deportation. Together with his parents Irma and Jakob Reich, Maxi was deported to Modliborzyce on 5 March 1941© Private collection of Martin Vogel

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