Reading: Vladimir Vertlib “Schimons Schweigen” / “Ich und die Eingeborenen”

In the novel “Schimons Schweigen” Vladimir Vertlib looks at why his father has not exchanged a word for thirty years with his former best friend Schimon, with whom he fought together in the underground in the Soviet Union. He attempts to solve this puzzle on an emotional journey to Israel, where he lived for two years as a child. The journey becomes a confrontation with himself.![/sites/default/files/old/2148.jpg:left]("Vladimir Vertlib © Kaindl" "") After they left Israel in disappointment, his family landed in Vienna in the 1980s at a time when the Waldheim affair and the confrontation with the past were dividing society. Israel remained for him a country of ambivalent longing, which reflected his fragile identity as a migrant, Jew, and Austrian of Russian origin. “Ich und die Eingeborenen” is a collection of Vertlib’s most important essays and reviews of politics, society, history, and art, which show the present as viewed by a “Jewish Russian living in Austria and writing in German.” An event as part of the exhibition **“meeting jedermann : rabinovich revisited”** to be seen until May 26 in the Annex. Free admission _Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse 11 1010 Vienna_