The Recharging Austrian-American Relations Conference

The Recharging Austrian-American Relations Conference

The Recharging Austrian-American Relations Conference was hosted on June 9th & 10th by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS), in cooperation with the Diplomatische Akademie Wien and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation. Taking place at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the event brought together the world's most prominent scholars and representatives of Austrian-American relations, with the purpose of strengthening the historic bond shared between the two countries.

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The Recharging Austrian-American Relations Conference2022-06-21T17:04:14+00:00

The 2022 Annual Botstiber Lecture with Dr. A. Wess Mitchell

The 2022 Annual Botstiber Lecture with Dr. A. Wess Mitchell

On Friday, June 3, 2022, Dr. A. Wess Mitchell will deliver the annual Botstiber Lecture in the atrium of the Austrian Embassy at 6:30 pm. As one of the leading specialists on Europe and Russia, Dr. Mitchell will discuss the war in Ukraine and its effect on U.S.-Austrian relations.

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The 2022 Annual Botstiber Lecture with Dr. A. Wess Mitchell2022-05-19T15:54:24+00:00

Austrian Children and Youth Fleeing Nazi Austria Podcast Series with Jacqueline Vansant

Austrian Children and Youth Fleeing Nazi Austria Podcast Series

with Guest Host Jacqueline Vansant

Only a limited number of Jewish children, accompanied or alone, immigrated to the United States during WWII. As a result perhaps, research examining this subject has been largely overlooked. Austrian children and youth who fled Nazi-occupied Austria to land safely, against all the odds, in the United States has been even more neglected in terms of academic research. Here, however, in this extraordinary podcast series to support the related Journal of Austrian-American History Special Issue, guest host Jacqueline Vansant, professor emerita of German at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, discusses three different research perspectives examining Austrian-Jewish Child Migration during WWII with expert and engaging guests.

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Austrian Children and Youth Fleeing Nazi Austria Podcast Series with Jacqueline Vansant2021-12-29T19:35:01+00:00

Woodrow Wilson’s Emancipatory Perspective: The Ottoman and Habsburg Empires

Woodrow Wilson’s Emancipatory Perspective: The Ottoman and Habsburg Empires

By Larry Wolff

Historian Larry Wolff chronicles the evolution of US President Woodrow Wilson's anti-imperial ideology towards the Habsburg Empire in this article. Though Wilson called for the autonomy of the Habsburg peoples in Point Ten of his Fourteen Points speech in January of 1918, he did not arrive at a fully frank opposition to the empire's existence until that October--a year and a half after America entered World War I. Wilson's thinking about the Habsburg monarchy was shaped by his perspective on the Ottoman empire, his youthful admiration for British Liberal leader William Gladstone, and his sense of Abraham Lincoln's legacy of emancipation.

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Woodrow Wilson’s Emancipatory Perspective: The Ottoman and Habsburg Empires2021-12-07T13:17:50+00:00

ruth weiss: Poet, Performer, Grand Dame of the Beat Generation with Thomas Antonic

ruth weiss: Poet, Performer, Grand Dame of the Beat Generation

with Thomas Antonic

BIAAS's latest podcast presents BIAAS grantee Thomas Antonic, whose film about Austrian-American Beat poet ruth weiss, One More Step West Is the Sea, recently won the New York Independent Cinema Awards 2021 in the category "Best International Documentary Feature."

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ruth weiss: Poet, Performer, Grand Dame of the Beat Generation with Thomas Antonic2021-12-03T21:50:43+00:00

Code Name Mary: The Extraordinary Life of Muriel Gardiner

Code Name Mary: The Extraordinary Life of Muriel Gardiner

By Carol Seigel

Muriel Gardiner had an extraordinary, multi-faceted life--a young American woman who courageously fought fascism in 1930s Austria; a member of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic circle in 1930s Vienna, who became a psychoanalyst herself, practising and writing in the US in the post war decades, and closely connected to Freud’s most famous patient, the Wolf Man, about whom she wrote a seminal book; and the founder of the Freud Museum London with her friend Anna Freud, Sigmund’s daughter. Muriel is also believed to be the model for Lillian Hellman’s character 'Julia' in the 1977 Oscar winning film.

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Code Name Mary: The Extraordinary Life of Muriel Gardiner2021-11-10T14:52:17+00:00

Unterweger’s Signature Knot: The “Austrian Jack the Ripper’s” Murder Spree in the Vienna Woods and the Hollywood Hills

Unterweger’s Signature Knot: The “Austrian Jack the Ripper’s” Murder Spree in the Vienna Woods and the Hollywood Hills

By Kristina E. Poznan

Austrian serial killer Johann “Jack” Unterweger was back in entertainment news after a brief discussion of him in an episode of Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. Unterweger committed three murders in Los Angeles in 1991 while on a freelance assignment for an Austrian newspaper to write an article comparing red light districts in Austria and the United States. He was apprehended in Florida in February of the following year, having gone back to Austria in between and then fled from Salzburg police back to the United States. Unterweger may have the distinction of being the only known Austrian-American serial killer.

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Unterweger’s Signature Knot: The “Austrian Jack the Ripper’s” Murder Spree in the Vienna Woods and the Hollywood Hills2021-10-26T13:53:57+00:00

Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Appoints New Managing Director

Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Appoints New Managing Director

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies has appointed a new Managing Director to shepherd its many educational and philanthropic initiatives.

Kevin J. McNamara, an experienced non-profit executive, author and editor, and an Associate Scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), Philadelphia, will assume his new duties at the Botstiber Institute on November 1, 2021.

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Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Appoints New Managing Director2021-10-26T13:07:55+00:00

Say Hello to “Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder!” and Ernst Papanek with Lilly Maier

Say Hello to "Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder!" and Ernst Papanek with Lilly Maier

with Lilly Maier

Lilly Maier is the author of the recent biography of Ernst Papanek, "Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder!: Ernst Papanek. Revolutionär, Reformpädagoge und Retter jüdischer Kinder." In this podcast, she discusses the remarkable life of the Viennese-born socialist and educator who saved the lives of almost 300 children from the Nazis.

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Say Hello to “Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder!” and Ernst Papanek with Lilly Maier2021-10-13T15:15:14+00:00

Where is America? Remaking Central Europe, the League of Nations, and the New International Order

Where is America? Remaking Central Europe, the League of Nations, and the New International Order

By Peter Becker and Natasha Wheatley

In our book, Remaking Central Europe. The League of Nations and the Former Habsburg Lands, we look at the ways in which the new political order in Central Europe after the end of the Great War was fashioned by national and international entities in close concurrence. The rationale for this edited volume was moving beyond the obvious, that is, the relevance of the Peace Treaties of Saint-German, Versailles, and Trianon for the reordering of Central Europe. The transition from a well-integrated economic space and from a probably less well-integrated political space to a coexistence of states, which defined themselves, preposterously, as nation states, was fraught with utopian expectations and, more importantly, with massive challenges.

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Where is America? Remaking Central Europe, the League of Nations, and the New International Order2021-09-16T19:05:45+00:00