Lisa Silverman

in Becoming Austrians

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199794843
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950072 | DOI:

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The conclusion returns to a number of the figures whose narrative histories thread through it and describes their fates after 1938. It also suggests possible directions for applying the lens of Jewish difference to key interwar figures whose work lies beyond the scope of this study, in areas such as music, philosophy, and architecture. This concluding chapter reinforces the argument that in Austria between the wars, the terms of Jewish difference played a crucial—if often unrecognized—role in the shaping of culture. It suggests that the self-understandings of Austrian Jews between the wars had as much to do with knowing when not to appear “Jewish” as they did with embracing traditional mainsprings of Jewish culture. Ultimately, recognizing these polarities as part of the same socially constructed order can help us understand how the intensification of Jewish difference after the Monarchy’s collapse reflected the significance of its imagined boundaries both for Austrian cultural creativity and for the toleration of brutal acts of injustice.

Keywords: Dual Monarchy; cultural creativity; injustice; Jewish culture; music; architecture

Chapter.  2760 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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