Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tim Bonyhady tells the story of an eminent Viennese family who were among the great patrons of early-20th-century Viennese culture at its peak. Good Living Street: Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900 takes us from the Gallias’ middle-class prosperity in the provinces of central Europe to their arrival in Vienna, their collections of art and design; their cosmopolitan society; their religious life and their efforts to circumvent the city’s rampant anti-Semitism, and their escape from Nazi Austria and new life in Australia.


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chitra sundaram from connecticut

Dear Leonard: in listening to this segment of the show, i believe you need to correct your statement that the jewish community enjoyed a surprising degree of freedom in vienna during teh last days of the hapsburg empire. Referring you both to the pioneering jewish memoir - Clare's "Last Waltz in Vienna" and Berkeley's acclaimed "Vienna and its Jews" this apparent freedom was a mere delusion on the part of the jewish community. While they desperately clung to their own vision of equal rights citizenry (which really they deserved given their monumental contributions to the commerce, science and art of the Austrian empire), the Austrian parliment thru such acts as requiring jews to carry I.D cards, or forbidding them from holding certain office was very rapidly undermining any vestiges of political and property rights of that community. If i might add, this is often the case in immigrant communities under waxing totalitarian regimes - including the expereince of Indians in South Africa in the early 1900s. And while one would hope that as a thriving and responsible democracy, the US would never venture to that end, we are given pause by its policies towards the japanese during WW2 and a steady undermining of civil liberties towards those of Arab descent post 911. Sincerely, Chitra

Nov. 16 2011 01:22 PM

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