In 1998 I read about the Novemberpogrom 1938 in Innsbruck for the first time in the chapter “Tirol und die Juden ” by Gretl Köfler, published in the book "Tirol und der Anschluss" - publishing house Haymon, 1988. For me familiar places and quarters of Innsbruck suddenly gained unkown historical meaning.
I am born in 1967, raised catholic in the neighbourhood of the "Reitlinger Haus" in Jenbach, 36 km east of Innsbruck. Engineer Friedrich Reitlinger and his daughter Johanna commited suicide in March 1938 after they were arrested in their house by National Socialists. He was owner of the "Jenbacher Berg- und Hüttenwerke", president of the "Federation of Tyrolean Industry", vice president of the "Tyrolean Federal Economic Chamber" and founder of a Rotary Club in Innsbruck. In school we did not learn anything about the life of Friedrich Reitlinger, his jewish roots and the background of his death. History class at that time had hardly any regional reference.
Other factors which contributed to the emergence of this project were a lasting impression of Joshua Sobol´s play < Ghetto > in the Tiroler Landestheater in December 1998, directed by Dietrich W. Hübsch and my beginning work with the medium internet at that time. Thus, slowly the idea developed to photograph the sites of the Novemberpogrom 1938 and to describe the occurrences briefly.
In January 2000 the first version was published and has been occasionally extended since then.
Since I am not a historian this project is not intended to be scholarly. For me it is a place to remember the Jewish families and Jewish life in Innsbruck and to put familiar places in a historical context.
Due to the positive reactions especially from surviving descendants I began to integrate provided photos of the Jewish family members.
The organisation, support and financing of the homepage are entirely my responsibility.
The photos of the buildings were taken by Thomas Kleissl and will be renewed in case of need.
The translations were done by Gerhard Buzas and Johanna Dehler.
For the support of my project I would like to thank the following persons and/or institutions:
- Thomas Kleissl for the photographs
- Gerhard Buzas and Johanna Dehler for the translations
- Dr. Esther Fritsch, Thomas Lipschütz and Hanne Mittestieler - Jewish Community Innsbruck
- Ingrid Böhler and Wolfgang Meixner - Institute for Contemporary History Innsbruck
- Andreas Maislinger - Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service
- Amtsrätin Josefine Justic - City Archive Innsbruck for the pictures of the Jewish Shops
- Dr. Wilfried Beimrohr - Tyrolean National Archive
- Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance - DOEW
My special thanks to
- Ron Bower - Son of Stefan Bower (Stefan Bauer)
- Inge Brüll - Daughter of Josef and Antonie Brüll
- Andy and Peter Mikkelsen - Husband and son of Ilse Adler
- Katarina Hohenberg Stahre
- Jaquline Nestler
- Valerie Neal - Daughter of Ruth Pasch
- Abraham Gafni
- Jochewed Hochmann-Schwarz
- Wolfgang Wallner
- Wolfgang Feil
who support my project with information and private photographs.
Finally I would like to thank all historians for their publications, without their work this project would never be possible.