Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial

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Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial

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Neighborhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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  • Herrengasse • 5 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 6 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,761 contributions
The Judenplatz Holocaust Memoria a memorial dedicated especially to the Jewish victims of fascism in Austria. The monument takes the form of a tomb and symbolic resting place of the Jews. The memorial is a steel and concrete rectangular building with an outside surfaces carved with countless books stacked together to give the appearance of library shelves turned inside out as the spines of the books face the inside. The books are an allegory to the countless number of victims and a reference to the Jews as "People of the Book." Around the tomb and on the concrete ground are etched the names of the concentration camps, lest we forget.

A very respectful monument and plus one for the memory.
Written October 28, 2019
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scottpartee
Vienna, Austria139 contributions
One of the few "classic" squares in Vienna, this place has a long, tortured and ultimately depressing history. As one of the longest-standing and most-important Jewish centers in the German Speaking World, this place has seen a lot of glorious culture and hellacious events. The fact that it is home to Vienna's holocaust memorial should tell you something.

That being said, the square is beautiful to the point of being stunning. And it's not without a chill in the spine that one can read the old plaque erected by a former Emperor rejoicing at the burning and forced conversion of the "hebrew dogs".
Written January 9, 2012
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bmkutok
Tucson, AZ100 contributions
After visiting the Jewish Museum we strolled through the mostly residential neighborhood to Judenplatz and the Holocaust Memorial. Another testament to the darkest side of humanity. Come to see what con't be seen.
Written January 14, 2020
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Susan M
New York City, NY178 contributions
It is so disappointing that the Austrians abolished the Jewish section unlike in Budapest where it is thriving. The monument outside is minimal. It reminds me if the Parisian memorial Also minimalist. The Austrians like the Parisians take little responsibility for their role in killing Jews. We went to both museums. The one behind the monument was frustrating. We got lost and had a hard time getting out and returned the next day to see the ancient exhibit which was ok. We enjoyed the exhibit if Jewish humor in the museum by the square more. It was more fitting. I just couldn't get over the eradication of the judenplatz itself.
Written October 14, 2013
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David D
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It was good to see this Memorial to remember the world not let to repeat crime like the Holocaust with jews or any other
Written December 8, 2019
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dagsmith
Burke, VA362 contributions
Couples
At first glance my wife did not get the meaning, I only did as I read about the memorial in advance of the visit. The memorial is designed as a library that you can't get into, essentially an inside out library.

Like other reviewers, I found it awkward that that the memorial is surrounded by cafes.
Written July 14, 2019
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Life-is-an-Adventure
Karmiel, Israel464 contributions
Solo
Inner Stadt Vienna has multiple memorials to this terrible time also including "The Gates of Violence" and the "Gestapo Haus Wein" (see my reviews), each reminding us of the killing of a vibrant part of what made Vienna, Vienna - its Jewish Citizens.

As with other such memorials - some stark and representative, and others symbolic but powerful (eg "The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe" in Berlin - see my review), this one too reaches into our hearts. Its location is poignant - in the sombre Judenplatz, which also has the archaeological excavation of a synagogue destroyed in 1420 (see my review of "Jewish Museum Judenplatz"), and also, another lesson of how history continues, an armed para-military guard, required nowadays to protect sites associated with Jews and where Jews may visit. Sad - very sad.
Written December 2, 2018
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK560 contributions
Couples
Worth pausing here if you are strolling round the inner City or Ringstrasse. At the centre is a stark but poignant holocaust memorial. The large cube is carved on each side with library books, stacked 11 shelves high, with their spines turned inward which represent the victims of the holocaust. The plinth is inscribed with the 41 places where Austrian Jews where sent to their death. We didn’t visit the museum from which you can access the archaeological remains of the medieval synagogue which has an equally sad history. Jews began settling in this part of Vienna around 1150. By 1420, at the personal command of Albrecht V, the Jews were persecuted almost to the last man. Faced with a massive increase in their taxes, the Jews faced starvation or imprisonment if they didn’t pay. Their property was confiscated. Then came torture and execution, with children being abducted and forcibly baptized against their will. The Jews who remained in Vienna took refuge in the synagog at Judenplatz which they set on fire after a three-day seige, collectively committed suicide. Over two hundred Jews were rounded up and burned alive in 1421.
Written July 11, 2018
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Helene S
Houston, TX1,763 contributions
Friends
In the Middle Ages, Vienna was an important and thriving the center of Jewish life. This came to an abrupt halt and violent end in 1420 to 1421 as Viennese Jews were murdered and expelled. The ruins of the then-destroyed synagogue, excavated under the Judenplatz in 1995, bear witness to the life and destruction of that medieval community. This modern memorial unites the present horrors with past tragedies as it is built above the medieval synagogue that was burned down in the “Viennese Geserah” of 1420.

In 2000, Vienna unveiled the somber Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in the center of what was the center of the Jewish district. British artist Rachel Whiteread designed a reinforced concrete cube resembling a Nameless Library with its volumes turned inside out. This symbolically represents the 65,000 Viennese Jews, “People of the Book” with loss of life and loss of learning, who were murdered during the Holocaust. As Simon Wiesenthal elaborated at the unveiling, “This monument shouldn’t be beautiful, it must hurt.”
Written May 12, 2018
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Mintcake58
Liverpool, UK1,572 contributions
Family
Vienna is a beautiful city, but its streets are awash with the tears of the 65,000 Jewish residents murdered in the Holocaust.

This, strikingly simple and beautiful memorial is an apt tribute to what was lost. Countless books, spines hidden, arranged as though on library shelves. No titles to see. Authors unknown, yet each alluding to the rich culture of a community that added so much to the city's success.

Around the base are the names of the concentration camps to which victims were deported and, incredibly, the construction of the memorial revealed the remains of an ancient synagogue directly beneath and which can be visited in the nearby Jewish museum.

Judenplatz is very powerful and a 'must see' for all visitors to Vienna.
Written June 28, 2017
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