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New exhibition examines rise of the far-right after the First World War

The Wiener Holocaust Library's This Fascist Life: Radical Right Movements in Interwar Europe runs until February next year

Left: A Nazi election poster “Women! Save the German family – vote for Adolf Hitler”, 1932. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections. Right: Supporter of the British Union of Fascists, c. 1930s. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.
Left: A Nazi election poster “Women! Save the German family – vote for Adolf Hitler”, 1932. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections. Right: Supporter of the British Union of Fascists, c. 1930s. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.

A new thought-provoking exhibition at The Wiener Holocaust Library looks at the rise of the far-right in Europe after the First World War.

This Fascist Life: Radical Right Movements in Interwar Europe, hosted in collaboration with the European Fascist Movements 1918-1941 Project, opened last week and runs until February 2022.

Fascist political parties, militia and movements emerged across Europe in the years after the First World War. United by ultra-nationalist ideas and similarities of style and action, these movements shaped – and in some places remade – politics and society.

They mobilised on the streets to attack their opponents and to support the accession to power of fascist parties in countries such as Italy, Germany and Austria. Later, they helped to enable German occupations and the Nazis’ policies of persecution and genocide across Europe.

Drawing upon The Wiener Holocaust Library’s unique archival collections, the exhibition focuses on the experiences of rank-and-file members of
fascist movements and examines their motivations and activities.

For more details about the exhibition, visit wienerholocaustlibrary.org

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