The Jewish Museum Vienna is currently running a temporary exhibition on Jewish life and death in WWI as part of The Great War centenary series, and was the primary purpose of my visit. In conjunction with a relatively new permanent  exhibit on “Jewish Vienna–Then to Now!”at the museum, I thought I was in for a composite history lesson on Jewish life in Vienna. 
My visit turned out to be not so composite.
In 1988 Vienna established the Jewish Museum Vienna, followed five years later by a second museum, Museum Judenplatz, which sits in the heart of the former medieval Jewish Quarter. Museum Judenplatz offers visitors a look at the foundation of the medieval synagogue, as well as exhibits on more contemporary Jewish culture. On my recent visit there was an exhibit on the life of Amy Winehouse, curated in part by her brother, who, based on the exhibit, loved his little sister a great deal. 
Medieval Jewish Vienna and Contemporary Jewish culture. Check.
An entire floor was devoted to the masterful collection of Max Berger, a Polish Jew who came to Vienna in the 1950s searching for his lost family’s heritage and managed to amass over 10.000 artifacts of Jewish life not only in Vienna but across the empire. 
To complement the collection was an electronic display of Vienna’s 52 former synagogues, with photos before and (well) after Kristallnacht.
Broadstroke look at centuries of Jewish culture. Check.
I learned through the notes, diaries, and propaganda material  that approximately 300.000 Jewish soldiers served Emperor Franz Josef throughout The Great War in a variety of positions. Though the Emperor had guaranteed the Jewish soldiers legal security, the end of the empire brought with it unfavorable conditions for the loyal Jewish soldiers.
Jewish Vienna during WWI. Check.
Two floors of the museum were devoted to “Jewish Vienna–Then to Now!,” from which a couple of promotional photos from the museum website are shared below.
The Hakoah (Jewish Sports Club) swimmers, circa 1950s.
Margrit Dobronyi, a Jewish photographer who captured everyday Jewish life between 1960 and 2000.
Vienna Jewish Life Post-WWII. Check.
*My outing was educational, as I’d hoped, but was a little less than complete. Let’s recap my visit; can you spot the missing period of Jewish history in Vienna?
Medieval Jewish Vienna and Contemporary Jewish culture. Check.
Broadstroke look at centuries of Jewish cultural artifacts. Check.
Jewish Vienna during WWI. Check.
Vienna Jewish Life Post-WWII. Check.
I am not going to stand on my red, white, and blue soap box and proclaim that America fairly and squarely owns up to its history, or that it even portrays some of its history well.  I guess, sadly, in every country’s history there will always be a “Then* to Now.”
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At the center of Judenplatz is Vienna’s main monument to Holocaust victims, a library building with identical books on shelves facing inward, to represent the large number of victims. Around the base are the names of the concentration camps to which the victims were sent.