Virtual Tour of Vienna Jewish Museum with Danielle Spera
Please join us by Zoom for a unique look inside the Vienna Jewish Museum with the director, Danielle Spera. Dr.Spera, will discuss their widely successful Hedy Lamarr exhibit as well as give an insight into the museum's permanent collection.
Hedy Lamarr, star of the silver screen, also invented the technology that eventually led to such communication tools as Bluetooth. The Lady Bluetooth. Hedy Lamarr exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna shines a spotlight on her life and work and includes artifacts from her family's private collection.
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About the Jewish Museum Vienna and the history of Vienna's Jewish community. In the Middle Ages, Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish community, one of the largest and most important in Europe. Famous Rabbis taught and worked here, making Vienna into an influential center of Jewish knowledge. This lively and creative environment was forced to an abrupt and violent end in 1420-21, with the expulsion and murder of the Viennese Jews. The ruins of the destroyed synagogue, excavated under the Judenplatz in 1995, bear witness to the life and destruction of that medieval community.
In 2000, the Museum at Judenplatz was opened as a branch of the Jewish Museum Vienna. On the square itself, the city unveiled the solemn Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial: a reinforced concrete cube resembling a library with its volumes turned inside out, designed by British artist Rachel Whiteread. To this day, new sources and scientific and architectural findings are shedding a more detailed light on medieval Jewish Vienna.
Dr. Danielle Spera is an internationally renown journalist, writer and the Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna. She began her career in 1978 working at the Austrian broadcasting Station ORF, where she served as an overseas as well as domestic correspondent and later became the host of ORF's main news program in 1988. She held that position for over 4,000 shows until June 2010, becoming one of the most recognized faces in the Austrian media.
In 2000, Spera co-founded the Jewish cultural magazine Nu and served as a lecturer at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna from 1990 to 2002.
Dr. Spera has been the director of the Jewish Museum Vienna since 2010