The Great Disruption – Austrian Female Writers Reflect on the Fateful Year 1938

Berta Zuckerkandl

Berta Zuckerkandl, © courtesy of Elysium

10.10.2018 - Article

Elysium between two continents and Austrian Cultural Forum present: The Great Disruption – a literary-musical collage, on Thursday, October 18, at the Austrian Forum.

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Elysium – between two continents The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive and Austrian Cultural Forum present: THE GREAT DISRUPTION - Austrian Female Writers Reflect on the Fateful Year 1938
A literary-musical Collage

The so-called “Anschluss”, the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany on March 12, 1938, significantly aggravated the already desperate situation of the Jews. The gate to hate and discrimination was opened further, the marginalization and persecution of the Jewish population in Germany and Austria was intensified. In the night of November 9, 1938, Jewish shops throughout Nazi Germany were looted and destroyed, and synagogues burnt down.

Among the artists, who soon had to flee their native Austria were a number of female writers. This literary collage gives voice to the experiences and reflections of Rose Ausländer, Vicki Baum, Veza Canetti, Mascha Kaléko, Maria Ley Piscator, Berta Zuckerkandl, and Hermynia zur Mühlen.

Songs by banned composers, such as Egon Lustgarten, Alma Mahler, Karl and Vally Weigl complement the program.

Concept and introduction: Michael Lahr
Narrator: Gregorij von Leïtis
Piano: Richard Cordova
Sopranos: Jeannie Im and Alexis Rodda

Location and time:
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
Thursday, October 18 at 7.30 pm
Admission is free, but an RSVP is required at: Austrian Cultural Forum

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Berta Zuckerkandl
Berta Zuckerkandl© courtesy of Elysium
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