VII. Vienna in the 21st Century: Renewal or Renewed Destruction?

The reestablishment of an international Jewish theater in the Nestroyhof is vital to the social health and future of the Austrian community and is long overdue. A 21st Century Jewish theater betokens a new era of cultural and artistic renewal, diversity, and interaction for Vienna. It can contribute significantly to the economy of the city’s central, yet culturally neglected Leopoldstadt, and can inspire international admiration and attraction.

Vienna is still famous today for the great Jewish heritage that was criminally obliterated in the 30’s and 40’s. The Nestroyhof now signals hope and opportunity for progress. Unless this unique site is renovated and preserved now, it may be lost forever. In the 21st Century, destroyed for the second time.

Copyright © 2004 by Warren Rosenzweig

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