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Unemployed Workers’ Demonstration, Vienna
© Photograph by Edith Tudor-Hart

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Unemployed Workers’ Demonstration, Vienna Photographed 1932

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Throughout the 1920s Vienna was afflicted by high levels of unemployment, a source of social unrest. Some estimates suggest that by 1933 this affected as many as 750,000 people, or forty percent of the urban labour force. The social-democratic administration worked hard to alleviate unemployment’s worst aspects, paying special attention to working-class housing and cultural provision in the city. However, they did little to resolve inequality and the social-democratic leadership was frequently accused of valuing cultural over political and economic struggle. Tudor-Hart photographed both the effects of unemployment and the Social Democrats’ efforts to improve the lives of the city’s working class. Her images reflect the stark contradictions of interwar Vienna.


  • Acc. No. PGP 279.20B
  • Medium Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • Size 30.30 x 30.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004