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OF SURVIVING AND LIVING - Vienna Stories

Of Surviving and Living, Viennese Stories gives an insight into the lives of 7 Jewish Austrians who survived the Holocaust in various ways. Lucia survived hidden in a workshop, Blacky survived several concentration camps, Walter escaped to Palestine, Elfi was concealed from her Jewish father, Kurt survived in a labor camp in Karaganda, Alfred survived in a small Italian mountain village and Helga survived Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. They all live in Vienna again today, in the place where everything started back in 1938. Our film is not a historical memorial but tells different life stories. At the end of each portrait are images from contemporary Vienna related to the narrated story. In this way, we try to make our everyday perception, which has changed as a result of the encounter with the Holocaust survivors, visible as we experienced it during the creative process.

  • Birgit Peter
    Director
  • Theresa Eckstein
    Director
  • Birgit Peter
    Writer
  • Theresa Eckstein
    Writer
  • Sandra Richter
    Camera
  • Georg Vogt
    Camera
  • Karl Bretschneider
    Editing
  • Werner Weitschacher
    Sound Mix and Master
  • Daniel Bucher
    Sound Mix and Master
  • Dominik Schlager
    Sound Mix and Master
  • Christian Haake
    Colour correction
  • Renée von Paschen
    Translation & Subtitles
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ÜBER WEITER LEBEN - Geschichten aus Wien
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Oral history, documentary, shoa
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Film Premiere at the Stadtkino Vienna
    Vienna
    May 15, 2019
    World Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Birgit Peter & Theresa Eckstein
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Birgit Peter, Theresa Eckstein

Birgit Peter studied Theater Studies and Philosophy at the University of Vienna, head of the archive and the historical collection of the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. Main research and publication interests: Forgotten and suppressed theater history, NS-theater studies, circus, historical popular culture in Vienna.

Theresa Eckstein studied Theater, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, research on Jewish actors and actresses in Theresienstadt, 2017 project assistant for the exhibition Völlig fraglich. Vergessene Geschichte of the archive and historical collec- tion of the Institute for Theater, Film, and Media Studies of the University of Vienna, 2017–2019 concept, direction and production for the film project Über Weiter Leben. Geschichten aus Wien, research for the FTI-project RegioBioGraph, guest curator at the Jewish Museum Vienna for the exhibition Let’s Dance! The Viennese cafetier Otto Pollak (2020).

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