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Fate of a Jewish Family: The Erdheims in Vienna
Year: 2018
Run-Time: 1 x 45 min.

Directed by Katharina Heigl
Written by Katharina Heigl

A co-production by ORF, Satel Film and BMBWF, funded by Vienna Film Fund and Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich, supported by Stadt Wien and Wien Tourismus
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Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9

Fate of a Jewish Family: The Erdheims in Vienna

Unser Österreich: Wien Geschichte aus der Vorstadt

One century, one family, one home: The fate of the Jewish Erdheim family has revolved around a single apartment building in Vienna's Gersthof neighbourhood since 1907. The family's roots lie in the historical eastern European region of Galicia, which is now part of Ukraine. The oil boom in the mid-19th century brings wealth and allows the Erdheim family to fulfil its dreams by moving to Vienna, the glittering metropolis of the Fin de Siècle era. However, the First World War and the resulting collapse of the Habsburg Empire bring the city to its knees: famine and unemployment are exacerbated by large numbers of immigrants from the former colonies hoping to establish new lives in Vienna. The Erdheim family is directly affected by the events of the early 20th century: many family members are doctors and treat the victims of the political conflicts and, later, the National Socialist ideology, despite the constant risk of becoming targets themselves. Although they have long cast off the Orthodox Judaism of their ancestors and become members of a middle-class, cosmopolitan section of society, the ever-present threats and insecurity of the era become a central feature of Erdheim family history, a history that still haunts the philosopher and writer Claudia Erdheim, the main protagonist of the film by Katharina Heigl.

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