The legendary Jerusalem mayor grew up in Vienna and got involved in Zionist youth organizations here. And he already left Austria as a 24-year-old, heading towards Palestine in 1935. At the time of the Anschluss, he was just building the “Ein Gev” kibbutz on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Kollek’s life journey tells of constantly worsening conditions in Vienna before the Anschluss, of his work to rescue refugees from the Nazi regime, and his efforts to enable a peaceful co-existence between Jews and Palestinians, especially in Jerusalem. Kollek’s late return to Vienna, where he opened the Jewish Museum together with his Viennese colleague Helmut Zilk fifty-five years after the Anschluss and the November Pogrom in 1938, ultimately leads into the middle of the history of that very place where the exhibition is to be seen and whose predecessor institution, the world’s oldest Jewish museum, was closed in March 1938 by the National Socialists.
Curators: Marcus Patka and Elke-Vera Kotowski
Photo (c) David Rubinger, YEDIOTH AHARONOT