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A87907251 - The City Without Jews: Hugo Bettauer's Chilling 1922 Comedy

Post 1

Dmitri Gheorgheni

Entry: The City Without Jews: Hugo Bettauer's Chilling 1922 Comedy - A87907251
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - U1590784

This is a strange story, I know, but it's true. I read the book, watched the film, and took notes.

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A87907251 - The City Without Jews: Hugo Bettauer's Chilling 1922 Comedy

Post 2

minorvogonpoet

Read in the twenty-first century this sounds sinister smiley - groan. But I suppose comedy works like that - it looks over the edge of the abyss and draws back. And it makes me wonder if future generations will be surprised that we managed to laugh at Donald Trump smiley - groan.

I think it might be helpful to tease out Bettauer's early history a bit. I wondered when he went to America and why. Did he lose his fortune in the US and return to Austria disenchanted?


A87907251 - The City Without Jews: Hugo Bettauer's Chilling 1922 Comedy

Post 3

Dmitri Gheorgheni

Bettauer inherited a fortune from his stockbroker father back in the 1890s. He and his first wife went to New York, but while still on the boat, they learned that he'd lost all his money by 'speculation'.

In New York, his wife supported them both as a stage actress. They later moved to Berlin, because he couldn't find work in the US. He wrote in Berlin, where his first son was born, got divorced, met his second wife in Hamburg, eloped with her to the US, where they had a son, then moved back to Vienna in 1910.

I find in genealogical sources that his second son, Reginald Parker Bettauer, is still alive in the US. His older son, Heinrich Gustav, who grew up as a Berliner, died in Auschwitz in 1942.

Since none of this has anything to do with why he wrote 'Stadt ohne Juden', I decided to leave it out of the entry.

Thanks for bringing this up! I've reworded that section slightly to make it a bit clearer and keep the biographical stuff from overwhelming the main narrative. smiley - smiley Bettauer's life would make a pretty interesting movie in itself.


A87907251 - The City Without Jews: Hugo Bettauer's Chilling 1922 Comedy

Post 4

minorvogonpoet

smiley - ok


A87907251 - The City Without Jews: Hugo Bettauer's Chilling 1922 Comedy

Post 5

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Thank you for writing about this - a fascinating slice of history.

I enjoyed reading the Entry, as I think you got the flavour just right, so I have no changes to suggest.


A87907251 - The City Without Jews: Hugo Bettauer's Chilling 1922 Comedy

Post 6

Dmitri Gheorgheni

Thanks. smiley - smiley


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