Lecture: Horst Schreiber „Die Familien Bauer & Schwarz. Jüdische Handelspioniere in der Provinz“
“But now it was a matter of a life work of so many people whom we will literally be chased away from now. If, however, intrigues, untruths, perfidies, the will to destroy us exist, the awareness of being miserably abandoned and to only have mortal enemies around one now, then one is no longer the master of his decisions,” Ernst Schwarz noted in his diary in April 1938. Thirty years before that, the Jewish families Bauer and Schwarz opened the first department store in Innsbruck and revolutionized the consumer world in Tyrol. During the Nazi era they were dispossessed and expelled; numerous members of the family were killed. After the war, the Republic of Austria prevented the return of the department store; following a 12-year legal battle, only a pittance remained for the survivors in an imposed out-of-court settlement.
In his lecture, Horst Schreiber recounts the push for modernization in commerce through Jewish business pioneers in the Austrian provinces and their expulsion from the National Socialist ethnic community.
Univ. Doz. Mag. Dr. Horst Schreiber is a lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck and Tyrolean Network Leader for www.erinnern.at.
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An event in the scope of the exhibition “Buy From Jews! Story of a Viennese store culture,” which runs until November 19, 2017 at Palais Eskeles.
Free admission from 6:15 p.m.
Photo (c) Hans Heimer