The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph

BookThe Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph

The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization


June 29th, 2006



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‘Fascinating . . . both encyclopedic and brilliantly researched and beyond question will remain, far longer than several other recent productions concerning turn-of-the-century Viennese Jewry, both interesting to general readers and useful to scholars . . . an important book.’
- William McCagg, American Historical Review

‘Parmi les plus récent ouvrages, signalons l’étude fondamentale de Robert S. Wistrich . . .’
- P. Ginewski, Diaspora

‘Monumental . . . hugely informative.’
- Norman Lebrecht, Jewish Chronicle

‘Wistrich combines such a wealth of information, such elegance of style, and such maturity of judgement, that one reads his book with considerable intellectual pleasure. His final section, on culture and identity . . . is so enjoyable that one regrets that Wistrich did not take the story down to 1938.’
- Frank Field, English Historical Review

- John Warren, Immigrants and Minorities

‘Masterly . . . He does indeed provide a detailed and multi-faceted picture, highlighting the diversity of the community and its concomitant tensions. It is a serious and detailed historical work . . . a book which has rightly been described by Professor Peter Pulzer as “the standard work for some time to come”.’
- Alastair Falk, Le’ela

‘The excellence of his book lies . . . in the high quality of scholarship, the sensitivity to nuance, the desire to map the entire Jewish response to the crisis of the empire in all its complexity.’
New York Review of Books

Author Information

Robert S. Wistrich was Neuberger Professor of Modern European and Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and also Director of its Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism. The recipient of many international awards, he was the author and editor of several books, including Socialism and the Jews: The Dilemmas of Assimilation in Germany and Austria-Hungary (1984), published by the Littman Library, as well as Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred, Understanding the Holocaust, Hitler and the Holocaust, Obsession: Radical Islam and the West, and Masters and Victims: Jewish Fate in Central Europe. He died in 2015.