New York: Bloch Publishing Company, 1927.
Hard Cover. Second U.S. Printing. Second American Printing of Hugo Bettauer’s The City Without Jews, translated by Salomea Neumark Brainin. Intended as a satire against the rampant anti-Semitism of postwar Vienna of the 1920’s, the work would prove an uncomfortably accurate vision of the future. The populist mayor of Vienna orders the forced emigration of all Jews from Vienna, even bringing in stock cars to ferry the large populace, much to the cultural and economic detriment of the city. After publication, Bettauer was targeted by the newspapers and publications of various anti-Semitic political groups in Austria and Germany; in answer to their calls for “lynch justice against all polluters of our people,” on March 10, 1925, Otto Rothstock entered Bettauer’s office and shot him several times, the wounds eventually proving fatal. Bettauer’s works arose in a time of social and economic upheaval, where poor living conditions and difficult prospects for employment radicalized many, and pushed political groups towards embracing anti-Semitism and violent populist nationalism. A rare work which proved so unfortunately prophetic, Bettauer’s City Without Jews is indeed “A Novel of Our Time.” With no marks of any kind. Paper label and some toning on the spine. Publisher’s red cloth, with black lettering. Very Good. (Alexander P. Moulton. “A Wary Silence, Karl Kraus in Interwar Vienna” The Columbia Historical Review. Volume Two, Winter 2002; pp. 31-32.).
Very Good binding.