Response Ability / antworten können

“Klub Zwei want to speak about the legacy of emigration, for the survivors of the Holocaust and their children, and for the place from which they fled. Ruth Sands and Katherine Klinger speculate on a personal history without the interruption of emigration. But this speculation leads nowhere. The two of them wonder who in Vienna knows or cares that the city lost some 250.000 inhabitants. For Hannah Fröhlich, her own experience and reflections on growing up, living and working in Vienna as a Jew have led her to hand over the responsibility she once imposed on herself as a writer and journalist for ‘pointing out all the atrocities here’. ‘Now,’ she says, ‘I only do it when I feel like it. When I have fun doing it.’ To me, this signifies that a Jewish woman minding her own business is capable of causing panic in Vienna, and she is aware of this power.” (Anthony Auerbach, quoted from ‘Hallo Wien’, http://aauerbach.info/research/urban/hallo_wien.html)


Response Ability

A video (installation) by Klub Zwei: 

Simone Bader and Jo Schmeiser

Directors of photography: 

Anita Makris, Klub Zwei

Editors: Klub Zwei

A 2005 (three channel version)

A 2006 (single channel version)

BetaSP, 4:3, Color, Stereo

Language: German, English

Running time: 34 min.



Hannah Froehlich

Katherine Klinger

Ruth Sands

Directors of Photography:

Anita Makris (Katherine Klinger and Ruth Sands)

Klub Zwei (Hannah Froehlich)

 Erika Doucette

Colour and sound correction:

Friedemann Derschmidt

Volkmar Klien

Distribution and sales

Klub Zwei

Video edition:
Medienwerkstatt Wien


Response Ability / antworten können

How do descendants of victims and perpetrators deal with Nazism today? And how much do such familial constellations influence their understanding of identity? Questions like these are central to Klub Zwei’s artistic work. In Response Ability / antworten können conversations with Jewish women living in London and Vienna are juxtaposed. They start a 'dialogue' tackling different views of contemporary Vienna and the lacking discussion of the Nazi past.

(Dominik Kamalzadeh; Translation: Klub Zwei)