HEW 2017 Closing Night


Jewish Museum Vienna: A Conduit for Jewish Life

Holocaust Education Week 2017 will officially close with a presentation by Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna. With two museum locations, the Palais Eskeles as well as the Judenplatz, the Museum provides visitors from around the world with a historical overview of the Viennese Jewish community. As a guardian of this history and also the record keeper of daily life for the small but vibrant Jewish community in Vienna, Danielle Spera explains the unique role the Museum plays in the Jewish life of the city and how the formation of the institution serves as a pivotal moment helping rediscover, and make accessible a rich history of grave importance to civil society in Austria.

Closing Night of Holocaust Education Week will include a commemorative program and candle lighting marking the 79th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom.

Danielle Spera studied journalism and political science in Vienna and received her PhD from University of Vienna. Danielle enjoyed a successful career with the Austrian national public television broadcaster ORF. She worked as a reporter and a foreign correspondent before she became anchor of Austria’s most influential news program Zeit im Bild. Spera authored several texts on Jewish topics such as, Displaced (2017), Lessing presents Lessing (2015), A Good Day (2014), Jewish Geniuses. Warhol´s Jews (2012), Hermann Nitsch – Leben und Arbeit (1999), and is the co-founder of the Jewish cultural magazine, NU. She serves on the boards of the Medical University Innsbruck MUI, on the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute VWI and is a member of the advisory board of the broadcast stations arte and ORFIII. Danielle has been the Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna since 2010. She is married to Martin Engelberg MBA, a psychoanalyst and consultant, they have three children.

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service provided at this event.

Closing Night is generously co-sponsored by Marilyn & David Glick, Susan & Eddie Glick, Shirley & Martin Glick, Marsha & Harry Glicksman, Lisa & Sender Herschorn, Amnon Altschuler, Sherri & Daniel Glassberg, Deborah Glassberg and Aviva & Ryan Altschuler and all their families, honouring the memories of Rose & Morris Glick and Gutta & Max Glicksman, Holocaust survivors. Additional support by Eleanor & Martin Maxwell in memory of his sisters, Josephine and Erna Meisels who died in the Holocaust; and by Scotiabank Bathurst & Sheppard Branch.