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Vienna of the East

Marianne Hirsch

in Ghosts of Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257726.003.0002
Vienna of the East

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Cemeteries are normally associated with death. This chapter, however, shows how a walk through a cemetery can become a quick lesson in history, narrating the author's experiences when she visited the Jewish cemetery on Gorechi Hill, along with Carl and Lotte Hirsch. It describes in detail the cemetery, its location, and several of its oldest and most impressive monuments and gravestones, then explaining how their walk through the Jewish cemetery helped reveal a lot of information about Jewish life and society. From there, the chapter discusses the societal transformations that happened during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph, as well as the personal history of Chaja and Yohanan Wurmbrand, Carl's maternal grandparents. It also discusses the question of language, the assimilation integration, and some Yiddish history.

Keywords: Jewish cemetery; Jewish life; societal transformations; Emperor Franz Joseph; question of language; assimilation; Yiddish history; integration

Chapter.  11636 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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