Book presentation: Hugo Bettauer’s Die Stadt ohne Juden

Vienna, 1922. The government adopts an anti-Jewish law expelling all Jews from Austria. Hugo Bettauer takes this start of a turbulent era as the basis for his novel. “What will become of Vienna if all the Jews are forced to emigrate?” is the question asked by him. More than ninety years after the book first appeared, we can read The City Without Jews as an important historical document. Bettauer wrote his prophetic novel more as a warning about the prevailing situation, but his visions became a tragic reality.

Hugo Bettauer (*1872, Baden bei Wien) emigrated twice to the USA before returning to work for the Neue Freie Presse in Vienna. He also wrote crime novels with a social background. Die Stadt ohne Juden, his most well-known novel, was made into a film in 1924 by Hans Karl Breslauer and starred Hans Moser. Bettauer was shot on March 10, 1925, at the age of fifty-two by Otto Rothstock, a member of the Nazi party.

Bernd Jeschek reads extracts from the book.

Admission 6.45 p.m.
Tickets are available now from the Jewish Museum Vienna or via wien ticket.
Normal €10.00 / reduced €8.00 / students for free.