Book presentation to go: Marie-Theres Arnbom, Die Villen von Pötzleinsdorf (The Mansions of Pötzleinsdorf)
This book leads deep into different realms of Viennese Jewish history – not expected in this intensity from the author Marie-Theres Arnbom, whose family has lived in Pötzleinsdorf for more than 100 years.
Pötzleinsdorf was already considered as a Jewish summer retreat in the 1890s – which led to conflicts with the local population. The motto was the established residents versus the newcomers – like at summer holiday destinations between Semmering and Salzkammergut.
Many textile industrialists affiliated with the Mautner family came together in Pötzleinsdorf – they all operated factories in Bohemia and spent the summer together with like-minded people and relatives in Pötzleinsdorf. Families with a strong Zionist orientation also settled in Pötzleinsdorf – such as Hans Moller, who produced the uniforms of the Israeli army at his ATA factory – the machines came from Bohemia. Or the Marmorek family, who placed a blue donation box, into which their guests could make monetary contributions to Zionist purposes, in the anteroom.
The year 1938 brought a devastating end to Jewish life in Pötzleinsdorf. More than 80 people from the mansions mentioned in the book had to flee or were murdered – a shockingly high number for such a limited area. Their names and fates were forgotten. This book gives them their stories back.
Marie-Theres Arnbom, Dr. phil., born 1968 in Vienna, is a historian, author, curator and cultural manager. She publishes books and articles on contemporary and cultural-historical topics, which she also stages as a curator for museums, and writes playbills and articles for major concert promoters. She founded the St. Gilgen Children’s Music Festival as an integral part of the Music Summer in Salzkammergut and – together with Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz – the Research Institute for Operetta and Entertainment Theater. Among other things, she works on the history of Jewish intellectuals and tries to revive their world of thought. Marie-Theres Arnbom lives with her husband, the genealogist Georg Gaugusch, in Vienna.
Discover the mansions and related stories in the form of a walk with the author – in small groups of max. 10 people and maintaining a proper distance!
Contribution towards expenses: € 10
Meeting point: the end station of the No. 41 tramline (Pötzleinsdorf)
Duration: about 1 hour
Both event dates are already fully booked!