Hanno Loewy – Unrewarded Love: Alpine Clubs, Ski-Tourism, Folklore and the Jews

Event Date: 11 February 2021
ZOOM meeting, recorded

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2021

Conceptions of Heimat in Jewish Visual History and Culture

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

The lecture series examines the German-Jewish and European-Jewish notion of Heimat and its diverse and changing visual representations and interpretations during the course of history. It looks at the subject through a prism of visual media, such as the arts, photography, film and fashion, as well as literature and social media, etc.

Lecture 1:

Dr Hanno Loewy (Jüdisches Museum Hohenems, Austria) – Unrewarded Love: Alpine Clubs, Ski-Tourism, Folklore and the Jews 

Among the pioneers turning the Alps into the playground of Europe, the urban Jewish middle class played a crucial role. While cities like Vienna, Berlin or Prague offered Jews access to secular culture, industry or higher education, the domesticated ‘wilderness’ of the mountains provided ‘innocence’ of togetherness and belonging beyond confines of class, religion and ethnicity. Jewish climbers, environmentalists and pioneers of tourism were among the first to organize Alpine clubs, while others reinvented folklore dressing. All of them lost faith in the Alpine pastorale after 1933. Memories of innocent moments enshrined in memorabilia and tales live on. Some of this has its afterlife in the Alps, even today.

Hanno Loewy, PhD, is a scholar of literature and film, an exhibition curator, and, since 2004, the Director of the Jewish Museum Hohenems, Austria. He is the author and editor of several books on film theory, Holocaust, Jewish history and popular culture.

Introduction by Kinga S. Bloch (Assistant to the Director, LBI) with a word of welcome from Professor Christina von Hodenberg (Director,GHIL):

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