To 28 may 2017
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Diâ€“So 9â€“17 Uhr
Â»I donâ€™t belong anywhere any more!Â«
Stefan Zweigâ€™s Â»The Royal GameÂ« â€“ A story from Exile
Stefan Zweig moved to Salzburg in spring 1919. It was in this city that he came to world fame. However, in letters to friends he complained of Salzburgâ€™s anti-Semitic atmosphere. Zweig made preparations to say farewell to Austria already in spring 1933, shortly after Hitler came to power. After his home was searched in February 1934, he left Salzburg and lived in England for six and a half years. 75 years ago, on 22 February 1942, he committed suicide in exile in Brazil. The exhibition revolves around Zweigâ€™s last work, â€śThe Royal Gameâ€ť. The key location of the story is the former grand hotel â€śMĂ©tropoleâ€ť in Vienna. In March 1938, it became the â€śGestapo Headquarters in Viennaâ€ť, the site of cruel torture perpetrated on Nazi opponents. Black and white display cases are arranged around the model of the â€śHotel MĂ©tropoleâ€ť as on a chessboard. Photos, documents and texts provide information on Zweigâ€™s novella and the history of the Viennese hotel. Also on display are a typescript of the story with Stefan Zweigâ€™s handwritten corrections, first editions, and materials pertinent to â€śThe Royal Gameâ€ť, inter alia. The exhibition shows examples of his many different activities in the years of exile such as his friendship with Sigmund Freud, his collaboration with Richard Strauss, and Zweigâ€™s commitment to a united Europe.
curators: Klemens Renoldner, design: Peter Karlhuber