»Georg Gaugusch’s compendium entitled ›The Jewish Families of Vienna‹ is an exceptional achievement
, affording us a unique insight into a closed society of roughly 500 families in 19th century Vienna. This book is so significant because it describes a period when Jews and mainstream Christian society were able to co-exist peacefully for the first time during the constitutional monarchy. Legal equalisation following the Josephinist reforms and the ensuing process of social emancipation found their ultimate expression in a period of outstanding cultural and scientific achievements. What is more, the extensive empirical material compiled by the author opens up fresh avenues of research for social scientists, particularly in relation to clinical medicine, education and new emerging professions. First and foremost, however, ›The Jewish Families of Vienna‹ is an indispensable reference book from a research point of view, as well as being an invaluable monument to Jewish life in Austria.« RABBI PROF. DR. WALTER HOMOLKA, BERLIN
Georg Gaugusch, born in 1974, is a qualified engineer. He has been researching and publishing material on Central European society during the 19th and early 20th centuries for over ten years. Georg Gaugusch is one of the leading genealogists of the Jewish middle classes.