The collection of Jewish ritual objects reflects the spectrum of Jewish history in the Habsburg Empire with Vienna as its center, with several unique pieces from adjacent regions complementing it.
Other areas cover archival documents, a collection of postcards displaying synagogues from around the world and about 1,200 books of classic literature by Jewish authors from Austria.
Also represented are Jewish clubs and societies such as the sports club Hakoah, manuscripts from the “Siebengemeinden” (“Scheva Kehiloth”) in today’s Burgenland, and objects with Zionist association, Herzliana, and art by Ephraim Moses Lilien and Isidor Kaufman as well as a collection of more than 15,000 Jewish ex libris.
So far, we published three volumes of catalogues of the Muzicant collection, starting with Jewish ritual objects in 2016, the archival and library collections in 2018, postcards, photographs, fiction and exile literature, theatre and art holdings in 2019. We hope to finish our fourth volume on the bookplates by 2021.
In autumn 2020 we also started a research project, together with Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, with the working title “Aspects of cultural and contemporary history of Austrian Jewry based on Judaica collections in Austria”. We expect to publish its outcomes by 2023.
No example object submitted (yet)!