„Helf uns lieber Gott…“
Zur Entdeckung eines einzigartigen Holocaustdenkmals am Wiener Zentralfriedhof
Keywords:Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Chassidismus, Grabsteine, Shoah in Wien
This essay recounts a jouney of scholarly discovery in a brief and freely anecdotal form relat- ing to a unique but hitherto almost completely unnoticed Holocaust memorial at Vienna’s Central Cemetery – a rabbinical gravehouse that is covered in ,petitions‘ by Viennese Jews from the period of the Shoah. The essay aims thereby not least of all to showcase the largely neglected and sometimes extremely difficult study of gravestones as historiographic sources. It offers a brief excursion into the Chassidic practice of leaving written petitions at rabbinical graves as an attempt to account for the origins of the ,graffiti‘ at this particular gravehouse, aiming finally thereby to garner greater public attention for this unique Holocaust memo- rial as well as for the largely still unrealised potential of Vienna’s Jewish cemeteries to serve as cultural and sociohistorical archives.
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