The Last Europeans: Jewish Perspectives on the Crises of an Idea

Article publié le 29 September 2020

75 years after the end of World War II, Europe is threatened by a relapse into nationalist and xenophobic ideologies.
The European imperative “Never Again!” is being challenged by many, also here in Austria. At the same time, Europe’s nationalists are discovering their own fantasy of the “Christian-Jewish Occident”—as a battle cry against immigration and integration. The values of the Enlightenment, which constituted the foundation of European rapprochement in the wake of the catastrophes of the 20th century, are reversed into their opposite and turned into means of isolation and exclusion. Against this background, the Jewish Museum Hohenems looks at Jewish individuals who, in the face of the destruction of Europe and the attempted extermination of European Jews in the 20th century, crossed national and cultural borders and once again vehemently demanded the universal validity of human rights. Based on their commitment to a united and peaceful Europe, this exhibition explores at the same time the threats that it is facing anew.

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