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Hakoah swimmer sitting on the grass

Jewish Sport in Vienna 1918–1945: The Case of the Hakoah Sports Club

Founded in Vienna in 1909, the “Hakoah Sports Club” (Hakoah in Hebrew means strength) was the largest and best-known Jewish all-round sports club of the interwar period. Its foundation signalled the rise of a growing national Jewish assertiveness, a Zionist politicization of sporting activities, and a reaction to the socially accepted antisemitism of the early 20th century. In its heyday after the First World War, Hakoah had several thousand members and the original range of sports—the founding statutes initially mentioned the “physical elevation of the Jewish people [...] through the pursuit of football, track and field as well as heavy athletics, and winter and water sports”—was broadened significantly during that period; tourism, skiing, handball, chess, a Hakoah orchestra, and a dancing section were added.
William E. Wright

In memoriam: William E. Wright

Wright served as the inaugural director of the Center for Austrian Studies from 1977 through 1988—a position which allowed him to combine his scholarly interests with his organizational skills—and one can still see his signature in the architecture and the programming of the Center of Austrian Studies today.
Black and photo of Victor Gruen

Minnesota Design Center Hosts Victor Gruen Event

Minneapolis, November 13, 2017 — The Minnesota Design Center is pleased to host Victor Gruen: Visionary Urban Designer, an evening dedicated to the life and work of the Austrian architect, Victor Gruen, on Monday, November 20, 2017. The event will celebrate Gruen (1903-1980), who designed Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota, with a film screening, a panel discussion, a book signing, an exhibition, and a reception. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Press and the Center for Austrian Studies, at the U of M. The event is free and open to the public.

2018 Austrian Studies Association Conference -- Submission deadline: December 15!

The 2018 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association will focus in Austrian’s rich and complex relationship with the East throughout its history. Paper proposals that take up the cultural, political, and social exchanges between Austria and the East—Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Middle East and the Far East—are welcome.