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Picture of the Week - The Bishop

Pesach Haggadah, writer: Joseph ben David from Leipnik (Moravia). Written and illustrated in 1740 in Altona / Hamburg, 40 fols, 350 x 260. London, British Library, Sloane 3173, 7v. Some time ago we reported ...

Pesach Haggadah, writer: Joseph ben David from Leipnik (Moravia). Written and illustrated in 1740 in Altona / Hamburg, 40 fols, 350 x 260. London, British Library, Sloane 3173, 7v.


Some time ago we reported here anlässlich der Eröffnung, dass im Stadtmuseum von Wiener Neustadt die Ausstellung “Schicksalswege. Die jüdische Gemeinde in Wiener Neustadt” zu sehen ist.
be seen in the exhibition is also a portrait of the famous Bishop KollonitschThat instinctively evoked some associations in me:
Because in a Pesach Haggadah, which was 1740 in Altona (Hamburg) by Joseph ben David from Leipnik written and illustrated, we find a representation of how Abraham destroys the idols of his father Terah.

Das Bild ist eine Illustration zum Text “Anfangs waren unsere Vorväter Götzendiener …”. Im Vordergrund liegen zerbrochene Teile von zwei Götzenstatuen. Abraham ist gerade damit beschäftigt, eine dritte zu zerschlagen. Hinter einem Fluss, über den eine Brücke führt, sehen wir eine ummauerte Stadt und dahinter auf vier Bergen Götzenstatuen. Ganz links Poseidon mit seinem Dreizack, weiter rechts Zeus mit Waage und Donnerkeil (?) – und dazwischen eine Figur, die wie ein katholischer Bischof aussieht!

A Catholic bishop in Hamburg, which was dominated by Protestant and? And what does that have to do with Whole Wiener Neustadt?
Well, mentioned painter Joseph ben David came from Leipnik in Moravia and Moravia fled many Jews after they were expelled from Leopold I in Vienna 1670/71. We know many explanations for this expulsion, very much but were sure the aggressive anti-Semitic speeches by Bishop Leopold Karl von Kollonitsch who became in 1670 Bishop of Wiener Neustadt.

And so none other than Bishop Leopold Kollonitsch is perhaps really with the presentation of the Catholic bishop as Götze, 70 years after the expulsion of Jews from Vienna, from Wiener Neustadt meant (remember him today u.a. the train station connecting with downtown Kollonitsch alley) ...

Joseph ben David wurde übrigens der Begründer der jüdischen “Hamburger Malschule”. In Wien selbst lebten (nach 1670) wohlhabende “Hofjuden”, die meistens ein Stadtpalais bewohnten und oft für ihre Privatsynagogen illustrierte und illuminierte Handschriften bei den Schreibern/Miniaturisten in Mähren bestellten.


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Picture of the Week - Footnote

This footnote * was photographed by Susanne Hermes about a month ago at the St. Pauli landing bridges in Hamburg. Thank you for the provision of the image! Since early May 2010, is ...

This footnote * was Susanne Hermes about a month ago at the St. Pauli jetties in Hamburg photographed. Thank you for the provision of the image!


Since the beginning of May 2010, there is a remarkable project in Hamburg: Footnote* wants, 65 years after the defeat of Nazi Germany, visualize with temporarily attached texts, the multiple dimensions of perpetration, participation, resistance, violence and exclusion and make it visible.

2009, there was already a similar initiative in Linz with floor markings in public space: “IN SITU, ZEITGESCHICHTE FINDET STATT: NATIONALSOZIALISMUS IN LINZ”.


Finally already - albeit quietly because only in our minds - noted that we are planning a project in 2011 which, although yet to be completely different similar to the two projects mentioned as well;)


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