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Fragments as Objects: Medieval Austrian Fragments in the Jewish Museum of Vienna

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This chapter reflects the current academic research on medieval Austrian bookbinding fragments and also presents the tangible results of this project. The Austrian project, just like the other cooperating projects of "Books within Books", is dedicated to collecting, digitizing, identifying, analyzing, and describing all medieval Hebrew fragments in our country, in this case, Austrian libraries and archives. The vast majority of fragments in Austria have been found in books that were bound either in the second quarter of 15th century or early 16th century. The Museum for Medieval Jewry is housed at 8 Judenplatz in Vienna, a building that was built in 1682, whose foundation walls were once part of an earlier structure in the medieval Jewish Quarter. The design of the exhibition room is understated, a 16th-century vault, with a sober atmosphere and natural light. Its central elements are showcases spaced evenly throughout the room.

Keywords: Jewish museum; Judenplatz; medieval austrian fragments; medieval Hebrew fragments; Vienna



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