¹Originally owned by Julius Schwarz, the Nestroyhof was the property of Anna Stein since February 1920.

²March 9, 2005: Mr. Martin Gabriel, a Polsterer family member who currently owns 17 percent of the property and who has been managing the space on behalf of his family for the past 10 months, was first interviewed by journalists concerning the swastikas in the basement on November 17, 2004, after the issue had been raised at a public press conference. I saw the swastikas again, in the company of other people, including a representative of the Austrian Green Party and a cultural historian on March 8, 2005, during a Green Party event that was open to the general public. All the swastikas that had been reported in November 2004 were still fully intact and unaltered. As of March 8, the images had been on the walls for approx. nine months.

³In Austria, theater arts funding is fully centralized by the government, while federal and municipal tax laws make private and institutional investment in not-for-profit theater economically prohibitive. The result is that “commercial” theatrical houses and “independent” not-for-profit companies alike require government approval and subsidy for every work they produce. All theater funding in Vienna is ultimately controlled by a single government official – the “Kulturstadtrat” (“City Councilor for Culture”) – who heads up the Department of Culture. The work of the Jewish Theater of Austria, the first Jewish theater company since 1938, and one of the only not-for-profit companies that has produced in Vienna without public support for years, is not supported by the Department of Culture.

*Compare, for example, the recent decision of the Department of Culture to finance the new Ronacher musical theater venue (musical theaters are heavily subsidized by the Viennese government) with its reluctance to invest in the reopening of the International Jewish Theater in the Nestroyhof. To assist the “commercial” Ronacher venue, the Department has recently made a commitment to contribute 47 million Euro for renovation, plus 22.5 million Euro annually thereafter for programming. By contrast, the not-for-profit Jewish Theater of Austria was denied its request for support in the amount of 400,000 Euro toward the cost of renovation, plus 100,000 Euro annually for the first four years of Nestroyhof programming. Several of the new theaters, such as the Ronacher, that have opened or are currently being built and subsidized on public funding from the Department of Culture since 2000, are housed in properties that, like the Nestroyhof, were stolen from Viennese Jews during WWII. While lavish sums of taxpayer money is currently being poured into such properties for uses that completely disregard this aspect of their history, the government claims that it doesn’t have the modest subsidies needed to help recover the Jewish theater in the Nestroyhof.

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