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Memorial Plaque of the Archdiocese Vienna at Judenplatz

 
 
Memorial Plaque of the Archdiocese Vienna at Judenplatz - German text image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
1. Memorial Plaque of the Archdiocese Vienna at Judenplatz - German text
Note that the building visible on the plaque is actually a reflection of the building across the square from the plaque.
Inscription.  
„Kiddusch HaSchem“ heißt „Heiligung Gottes“

Mit diesem Bewußtsein wählten Juden Wiens in der Synagoge hier am Judenplatz — dem Zentrum einer bedeutenden jüdischen Gemeinde — zur Zeit der Verfolgung 1420/21 den Freitod, um einer von ihnen befürchteten Zwangstaufe zu entgehen. Andere, etwa 200, wurden in Erdberg auf dem Scheiterhaufen lebendig verbrannt.

Christliche Prediger dieser Zeit verbreiteten abergläubische judenfeindliche Vorstellungen und hetzten somit gegen die Juden und ihren Glauben. So beeinflußt nahmen Christen in Wien dies widerstandslos hin, billigten es und wurden zu Tätern.

Somit war die Auflösung der Wiener Judenstadt 1421 schon ein drohendes Vorzeichen für das, was europa- weit in unserem Jahrhundert während der national- sozialistischen Zwangsherrschaft geschah.

Mittelalterliche Päpste wandten sich erfolglos gegen den judenfeindlichen Aberglauben, und einzelne Gläubige kämpften erfolglos gegen den Rassenhaß der Nationalsozialisten. Aber es waren derer zu wenige.

Heute bereut die Christenheit ihre Mitschuld an den Judenverfolgungen und erkennt

Memorial Plaque of the Archdiocese Vienna at Judenplatz Marker - English text image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
2. Memorial Plaque of the Archdiocese Vienna at Judenplatz Marker - English text
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„Heiligung Gottes“ kann heute für die Christen nur heißen: Bitte um Vergebung und Hoffnung auf Gottes Heil.

29. Oktober 1998

(English text, lower panel:) The "Kiddush HaSchem" means "sanctification of God". With this awareness, Jews of Vienna in the synagogue here at Judenplatz - the center of a significant Jewish community - chose a voluntary death at the time of the Persecution of 1420/21 in order to escape the forced baptism they feared. Others, about 200, were burned alive at a stake in Erdberg.

Christian preachers of that time spread superstitious anti-Jewish ideas and incited against the Jews and their faith. Under this influence, Christians in Vienna accepted the crime without resistance, they approved it and became perpetrators. In this way, the destruction of the Viennese "Jewish City” in 1421 was already a threatening omen for the events that took place in all of Europe at the time of the National Socialist tyranny. Medieval popes turned without success against this anti-Jewish superstition, and individual believers fought in vain against the racial hatred of the National Socialists. They were too few.

Today, Christianity regrets its share in responsibility for the persecution of Jews and realizes its failure. For Christians today, "Sanctification of God" can only mean asking

Memorial Plaque of the Archdiocese Vienna at Judenplatz - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
3. Memorial Plaque of the Archdiocese Vienna at Judenplatz - wide view
for forgiveness and hoping in God's saving action.
 
Erected 1998 by Erzdiözese Wien.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1421.
 
Location. 48° 12.694′ N, 16° 22.165′ E. Marker is in Stephansdom, Wien (Vienna). Marker is at the intersection of Judenplatz and Parisergasse, on the left when traveling east on Judenplatz. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Judenplatz 6, Stephansdom, Wien 1010, Austria. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mahnmal für die österreichischen jüdischen Opfer der Schoah / Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Mozart Lived Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Türkenkugel / The Turkish Ball (within shouting distance of this marker); Der Wiener Feuerwehr / The Vienna Fire Department (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Security Committee of 1848 (about 120 meters away); Emile Jacques-Dalcroze (about 120 meters away); Babenberger Stadtthor - Babenberg City Gate (about 120 meters away); Henry Dunant and the Red Cross (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stephansdom.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 13, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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Aug. 8, 2022