Based on a case study of the Jewish community of Oberwart/Felsőőr (formerly Hungary, today Austria), this article deals with the ambivalence of Jewish life and Jewish perceptions of belonging in a rural border region of the Habsburg Monarchy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. With reference to the history of the Neolog Jewish community of Oberwart/Felsőőr, the article addresses cultural and infrastructural aspects, the use of language as well as Jewish/non-Jewish interaction and its developments in a multidenominational, multicultural area. It also discusses the question of ‘national’ belonging(s), as well as showing that there was no homogenous Burgenland Jewry; on the contrary, perceptions of belonging were heterogeneous, ambivalent and shifting.
The focus is on Austrian culture from 1750 to the present. Literature is considered in relation to psychology, philosophy, political theory, music, theatre, film and the visual arts. 'Austrian' includes the German-language culture of former areas of the Habsburg Empire, such as Prague and the Bukovina, as well as the work of people of Austrian origin living abroad. Each annual volume includes a wide range of articles in English, together with a selection of book reviews, with the aim of making recent research accessible to a broadly based international readership.
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