Rothberger department store on Stephansplatz

Jewish store culture

The development of department stores in Vienna was part of a Europe-wide trend in the 19th century. Many of the founders came from Jewish families. The exhibition "Buy From Jews! Story of a Viennese store culture" is dedicated to this near forgotten aspect of Jewish cultural history in Vienna.

Prominent stores such as Gerngross, Zwieback, Neumann, Jacob Rothberger, Braun & Co., Goldman & Salatsch, Jungmann & Neffe and Kniže characterized Vienna's chic shopping areas on Kärntner Strasse and Mariahilfer Strasse. The show at the Jewish Museum Vienna also focuses on the department stores in the suburbs: These establishments made a significant contribution to Vienna's urban development. The turning point of the Schoa caused this business culture shaped by Viennese Jews to disappear almost completely. Nowadays, it is often only the names of a few successor companies and in rare instances the buildings themselves that serve as reminders.

The exhibits recount all of these stories from a range of perspectives, focusing not only on the operators but also on the architecture, staging, designers, customers, sellers, tailors and window dressers.

Buy from Jews! Story of a Viennese store culture

17 May - 19 November 2017

Jewish Museum Vienna (Jüdisches Museum Wien) Palais Eskeles

Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €10,00
    • Tickets offer admission to the Judenplatz Museum and Jewish Museum on Dorotheergasse
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Su - Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   162  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 110 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for visitors with special needs on request.
      Discounted admission for people with disabilities 8 Euro (1 companion free) and people with social pass/mobility pass (photographic ID required).

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and to café: no steps.

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Photo of the interior of the Gerngross department store

Interior of the Gerngross department store

Rothberger department store on Stephansplatz

Rothberger department store on Stephansplatz

Postcard of Stephansplatz with department stores and traffic

Stephansplatz

Rothberger department store on Stephansplatz

Rothberger department store on Stephansplatz

Wall clock of the Silesia fabric manufacturer

Silesia wall clock

Photo of Ella Zwieback

Ella Zwieback

Kniže medals

Kniže medals

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