The Sport Club and in particular football team Hakoah Wien is one of the best known examples in its time for contemporary theorists interested in analyzing the austrian-jewish identity of the 1920s. However there are many developments in austrian studies such as “jewish difference,” “co-constitutionality,” “the spatial turn” and “decolonization.” What, in this context, does it mean for a sports club to materially propagate the ideas of a liberatory religious and national identity, while representing an oppressive austrian identity on the world stage? This question has a lot to do with the concrete history of property rights and jewish oppression in Vienna. Through my postcolonial reading of Karls Marx’s “On the Jewish Question,” I argue that the binary between “natural” and “exception” within a liberal constitution for Austria in the 1920s functioned concretely through the ideas of “jewish” and “not-jewish.” To crystalize this problem, I use two specific examples: first, where Hakoah Wien’s new stadium would be established in 1919 and the second, how Hakoah Wien’s win against the english football team West Ham was portrayed in the viennese press.
Sayre, Owen N., "Hakoah Wien: Kraft als (Ver)Einigung und Siedlung der unbeständigen post/modernen Identität" (2023). German Studies Honors Projects. 1.
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