The Ties that Bind

Emotional Landscapes from Vienna to Los Angeles 1918–1945

This project offers a detailed insight into the district of Döbling as an important site on the map of Jewish history in Vienna during the first half of the twentieth century and beyond, in particular the years 1918–1945. Although the general Jewish history of Vienna has been extensively researched, the district of Döbling, with its strong and vivid Jewish community, is still pressing on a blind spot. This project will close this research gap in Jewish history in Vienna and reconstruct their well-integrated meaningful and affluent daily lives in Vienna and their manifold contributions to the national cultural landscape. The influence and work of well-known Austrian exiles in Hollywood, which was strongly influenced by Austrian culture, is already well documented. However, this project reveals how the connections between Viennese Jewish exiles in Hollywood were not first established there, but were already firmly grounded in Vienna, especially in the district of Döbling, well before the war forced them to leave their hometown.

Lead Researchers: Johanna Braun, Sandra Goldstein
Funding: Zukunftsfonds, Nationalfonds, Stadt Wien/MA 7
Duration: 2021/12/01–2023

Photo: A view of the Hollywoodland Sign and Mount Lee (or Mount Hollywoodland, as it was then known) circa 1923–25. Courtesy of Security Pacific National Bank Collection - Los Angeles Public Library.