Filmpresentation Die Stadt ohne Juden [The City Without Jews]
Die Stadt ohne Juden [The City Without Jews] is an expressionist Austrian film made in 1924 and based on the novel of the same name by Hugo Bettauer. It premiered on July 25, 1924, in Vienna and is one of the few surviving expressionist films in Austria, making it all the more well researched for that reason.
Hugo Bettauer’s 1922 novel is a terrifyingly accurate vision of the future – although it was originally intended as an entertaining novel and satirical response to the primitive anti-Semitism of the 1920s. It was also Bettauer’s most popular work, with sales of over a quarter of a million and translations into several languages. Shortly after the film premiered, Bettauer was murdered by a member of the Nazi party.
What would happen if all the Jews in a city were expelled? This fiction can be viewed today from many different angles …
Presentation with live music by Hannes Löschl (Hammond organ). Following the film there will be a podium discussion with Günter Krenn (Filmarchiv Austria), Georg Traska (Institut für historische Intervention), and Jérôme Segal (The Vienna Project).
In cooperation with The Vienna Project and the Multikulturní Centrum Praha.
Free admission 6.45 p.m.