The Ghost Architect of Vienna

The Ghost Architect of Vienna

Thomas Feiger rebuilds what was lost in the Austrian capital
BY

ALAN GRABINSKY
The Leopoldstädter Tempel, in a drawing from c. 1857.IMAGE: WIKIPEDIA

Vienna is a city of ghost buildings: 180,000 Jews lived in the Austrian capital before World War II; the infrastructure that served them is long gone. The Hakoah Sports Center, with its famous soccer fields, was seized in 1938. The iconic Leopoldstadt Synagogue, which seated 3,000 members, was destroyed by the Nazis during the November pogrom.

Of the 80 synagogues a...

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