Anti-Semitism, Gender Bias, and the "Hervay Affair" of 1904

Bigotry in the Austrian Alps

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Alison Rose
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , October
     198 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Lisa Haygood forthcoming.


This book examines the antisemitism that flourished outside of Vienna, in Austrian provinces such as Styria, Carinthia, Vorarlberg, Upper Austria, and Tyrol, focusing in particular on gender bias and its relationship to antisemitism. The 1904 arrest and bigamy trial of Frau von Hervay, the Jewish wife of District Captain Franz von Hervay of a Styrian provincial town (Mürzzuschlag), is closely examined to shed light on the relationship between Jews and non-Jews and attitudes towards women and sexuality in the small cities and towns of the Austrian provinces. The case demonstrates that antisemitism influenced popular perceptions of Jews and women at the local level and that it targeted women as well as men. This book provides an in-depth study of an episode of Austrian history that had a significant impact on the development of Austrian law; the role of religious institutions; perceptions of Jews, women, and sexuality; conceptions of Austrian bureaucracy and the need for reform; and the relationship between the provinces and the Viennese center. It also provides insight into the public interest generated by sensations such as arrests, suicides, crimes, and trials and the way the press of that time reported on them.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Alison Rose is a part-time faculty member for Gender and Women's studies at the University of Rhode Island and a part-time faculty member in the Religion department at Ohio Wesleyan University.


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