‘Misunderstood … mainly because of my Jewishness’
Arthur Schnitzler after the First World War
in The silent morning
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In the first third of the twentieth century, Arthur Schnitzler was one of the most prominent literary figures in Europe. Schnitzler spent his entire life in Vienna, from 1862 until 1931. He reached his prime at the Viennese Burgtheater with dramas such as Das weite Land and Professor Bernhardi. In 1914, the Jews of Vienna had hoped the war would bring an end to anti-Semitism. In the context of intensified post-war anti-Semitism, the refugees from Galicia constituted a major problem. Jewish refugees had been steadily streaming into Vienna since 1914. From the end of the war until well into 1921 Schnitzler was seriously concerned by the revolutionary threat of Bolshevism. Schnitzler is referring to the fact that Austria, as a defeated power, was exempted from US President Wilson's concept of national self-determination.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy

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