Synagogue in Vienna #austria-czech #general

Robert Fraser

Hi Friends -

I recently discovered, from different sources, that a great-uncle was married in Vienna in 1921 in a synagogue in the Fifth bezirk/district; Margareten. The only synagogue I can discover that existed in this district was at Siebenbrunnengasse 1a.

The bride was not Jewish and I don't know if she converted. I am therefore assuming that the synagogue was Liberal/Reform, if such existed in Vienna at the time. Can anyone confirm this please?

I assume that this synagogue no longer exists.


Robert W Fraser
Perth, Western Australia
Researcher 6342


Hi Robert,

You are right, this synagogue in the Siebenbrunnengasse does not exist anymore. By chance, a friend of mine, of Jewish descent, lives in the house which was built instead on this ground. He did not know and only when doing research on Jewish roots in the 5th Viennese district he found this out. I have a book on the Jewish heritage of this district and will have a look. I let you know what I find out.

Best regards,

Alexander Burstein

Neil Kominsky

If, in fact, the marriage took place in the synagogue, you may safely assume that the bride converted.  Liberal European rabbis did not--generally, still don't--officiate at marriages unless both partners are Jewish as of the time of the wedding.
Neil Kominsky
Brookline, MA, USA


Dear Mr. Fraser, 
Having visited Vienna recently, I found your question very interesting. During my visit, I learned that only one of the 94 synagogues survived the November 1938 pogroms.  It was the Stadttempel (Jewish City Temple) built in 1826 by architect, Josef Kornhaüsl.  When it was constructed (in 1826) laws prohibited any religious building, other than Catholic Churches, from standing alongside the city’s main streets.  So, the architect designed and built a legally  “hidden” Jewish place of worship within an apartment complex situated on one of Vienna’s main thoroughfares.  As such, the obscure synagogue evaded  Kristallnacht’s (Nov 9-10, 1938) deleterious effects. 

Armed with this historical snippet, you, like me, will understand why the Jewish records from approximately 94 synagogues (amount of synagogues in 1938) are hard to find.  

To confirm my statements, please visit 

Also, please note that I found Vienna’s current Jewish organizations to be  very helpful regarding my genealogical questions.  

My best to you.  Elizabeth Horen-Cotter from Tampa, FL. USA 

E. Randol Schoenberg

Elizabeth Horen-Cotter wrote: 
> Armed with this historical snippet, you, like me, will understand why the Jewish records from approximately 94 synagogues > (amount of synagogues in 1938) are hard to find.
I am sure much was lost, but copies of the birth, marriage and death record books still exist for the outlying districts as well as the Stadttempel in Vienna.  The indices are searchable on
Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

Andreas Schwab

The Jewish BMD registers for all Jewish Kehilot in Austria are kept at the V
ienna Kenilllah. See: has Indices from Jewish births, marriages since 1826, deaths since 1866, all up to 1910.
(You have first to register for free and login.)
For records after 1910 I think you have to contact the arhcives directly or find somebody in Vienna to go to the archives in person, but the archives are currently closed to the general public due to COVID-19. 
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada