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Robert Streibel

Robert Streibel

born in 1959 in Krems an der Donau, studied history in many cities including Vienna, and has been director of the Community College in Hietzing since 1999. As a historian, he has conducted numerous research projects on National Socialism, Judaism, exile and numerous commemorative actions on expulsion and resistance in the Nazi state. Publications include "They Were Suddenly All Gone: The Jews of the Provincial Capital Krems ","February in the Province: A Investigation into the 12th February 1934 in the Northeast” and most recently “Krems 1938-1945. A History of Adaptation, Betrayal and Resistance."


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Bernhard Herrman Robert Streibel - The Wine of Oblivion

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic and controversial documentary novel. In 1938 the Sandgrube vineyard – one of the most famous vineyard estates in the Wachau valley – is owned by the Jewish businessman Paul Robitschek. His partner is August Rieger. Robitschek and the supposed baron are business partners, as well as glamorous lovers. Denunciations clear the path for the Aryanisation of an estate that would eventually become the basis of the famous Krems vintners’ cooperative – a name that is synonymous with wine and culture far beyond the national borders. This Aryanisation has to date never been the subject of investigation. The authors were able to recover a hoard of documents, enabling them to tell a staggering story of betrayal and loyalty, love and business, destruction and repression.

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Robert Streibel - April in Stein

During the Nazi tyranny, the prison in Krems-Stein was the largest in the "Ostmark" or ‘Eastern March’; the Nazi’s name for Austria. This was where dissidents were imprisoned – communists and "saboteurs", resisters from Austria and Eastern Europe. On April 6 1945, the prison governor opens the gates of the prison when faced by the advancing Red Army, but the SS, SA and local people hunt and kill hundreds of political prisoners in an unprecedented massacre. Some manage to escape, some survive by hiding in cellars, and their reports form the basis of Robert Streibel’s polyphonic panorama.