By Matti Bunzl
Within the Nineties, Vienna's Jews and queers deserted their clandestine life and emerged into the city's public sphere in unheard of numbers. signs of Modernity lines this improvement within the context of imperative ecu heritage. Jews and homosexuals are signposts of an exclusionary technique of nation-building. solid of their smooth roles within the overdue 19th century, they functioned as Others, permitting a countrywide neighborhood to visualize itself as a domain of ethnic and sexual purity. In Matti Bunzl's incisive ancient and cultural research, the Holocaust appears to be like because the catastrophic end result of this violent undertaking, an try to get rid of modernity's abject by-products from the physique politic. As signs of Modernity exhibits, notwithstanding global battle II introduced an finish to the genocidal persecution, the nation's exclusionary common sense continued, accounting for the continued marginalization of Jews and homosexuals. no longer until eventually the Seventies did person Jews and queers start to problem the hegemonic subordination--a resistance that, by way of the Nineteen Nineties, used to be joined through the state's makes an attempt to make sure and verify the ongoing presence of Jews and queers. indicators of Modernity supplies an account of this radical cultural reversal, linking it to geopolitical variations and to the supersession of the ecu countryside via a postmodern polity.
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2 When Austria was reestablished after World War II, the project of Austrian nation-building assumed renewed urgency. Culturally the country would still deWne itself as German, but in the wake of the Holocaust, M YT H S A N D S I LE N C ES 31 it was much more opportune to emphasize the qualities that distinguished Austria from Germany proper. It was in this context that the narrative of Austria as Nazi Germany’s Wrst victim was oVered by the reconstituted state as the core of a newly invented Austrian national identity.
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Symptoms of Modernity. Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna by Matti Bunzl