Book presentation: Georg Gaugusch "Wer einmal war L–R: Das jüdische Grossbürgertum Wiens 1800-1938"
The Jewish bourgeoisie rose to significance in the Habsburg monarchy the between 1800 and 1918 and made an exceptional contribution to economic, cultural, and intellectual life and to the identity of the Habsburg Empire.
Georg Gaugusch, an expert in the Jewish bourgeoisie of the time, has been conducting archive research in Europe and elsewhere for almost twenty years. He has compiled a vivid portrait of these Jewish families on the basis of autobiographies, ennoblement files, awards, and newspaper articles of the time. His well-researched genealogies and descriptions are supplemented by information about the significance of the families and their interrelationships.
The first volume of Wer einmal war (2011) revolutionized historical biographical research and is regarded today as a pioneering standard work on the history of Austrian Jews. Thanks to newly discovered sources, the second volume, dealing with families from L to R, offers even more information.
Georg Gaugusch, Dipl.-Ing., born 1974, studied at the University of Technology in Vienna; member of the Heraldisch-Genealogische Gesellschaft “Adler” in Vienna; research on the Jewish bourgeoisie in Central Europe in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and on the genealogy of around five hundred Jewish families in this region; numerous publications.
Introduction: Christoph Bazil, Austrian Federal Chancellery, head of the Monument Protection and Art Restitution Department
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