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Exhibition of works by ERNST BENEDIKT


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Ernst Martin BENEDIKT, was an Austrian journalist, writer, poet, publicist, editor and painter. 

He studied law and worked, after defending his doctorate in legal sciences, as an adviser and journalist at the "New Free Press" directed by his father. 

After the latter's death, he became the owner of the newspaper in 1920 and its editor until 1935, but he took over the business with due difficulties 

to the decline in circulation and the economic crisis of the 1930s. 

He was forced to sell his shares to the consortium of Stefan von Müller (1932) and then to the Austrian government (1934).

With the Austrian Anschluss (of March 12, 1938), the "Neue Freie Presse", which had become a government newspaper, could no longer survive as an independent newspaper. 

Since his stay in Vienna, Adolf Hitler had maintained an irreconcilable and hostile attitude towards the "Judenblatt" and demanded that it be banned. 

BENEDIKT was detained by the Gestapo from November 1938 to April 1939 after the Reichspogromnacht (Night of Broken Glass of November 9, 1938).

In May 1939 BENEDIKT fled with his family first to England, then to Sweden. It was not until 1962 that he returned to Austria for good.

His interviews with great post-war politicians such as Jan Masaryk, Stanley Baldwin and Herbert C. Hoover caused a sensation. 

BENEDIKT was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honor for services rendered to the Republic of Austria.

Died in 1973 in Vienna, he was buried in the cemetery of Grinzing.

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From June 28 to October 29, 2020, the Judeo-Alsacien Museum of Bouxwiller hosted the exhibition:


Yossel de Rosheim (1478-1554), between the unique and the universal.

A Jew committed to the Europe of his time and ours.


Made up of around twenty illustrated panels, it recounts the life and work of Yossel de Rosheim, representative elected by all the Jews of the Holy Roman Empire to cities, Princes, the Emperor, in their historical context, intellectual and religious. This pivotal period of the early Renaissance in Europe saw the emergence of the Reformation and Rhenish Humanism, the peasant wars and the persecution of the Jews. Yossel of Rosheim will fight to allow them to live, or rather to survive.


The exhibition was produced under the scientific direction of Freddy Raphaël, professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, specialist in Alsatian and Rhineland Judaism, and Werner Transier, curator of the Judaica collections of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer.


It is co-produced by the B'nai B'rith Hirschler in Strasbourg and the Alte Synagoge Museum in Erfurt (Thuringia).

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