project: “Viennese Jews in Parliament. Jewish Representatives of Viennese Electoral Districts 1861 to 1933”

Oct. 2011 to March 2012: Project leader (IPW)
(financed by: Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien)

The project examined Jewish parliamentarians of Viennese electoral districts during the Habsburg period and the First Republic of Austria. Their biographies as well as their activity in parliament were analyzed, with special focus on their confrontations with and reactions to antisemitism in the plenum. The specific social and political conflicts, which shaped the city of Vienna and the Viennese Jewish community in the study period, strongly influenced parliamentarians’ engagement with issues of Jewish identity and its meaning for their political work. The double-role of Vienna as a center of Jewish (political) life as well as a central space and target for antisemitic agitation was investigated in the context of political modernization and democratization. The role of Viennese Jews in the development of Austrian parliamentarianism was thus highlighted.