Next Year in Marienbad: The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture

By Mirjam Zadoff; William Templer | Go to book overview

Chapter 3
In a Large Garden of Modernity

The Open and Yet Closed Place

If we look at Carlsbad from the viewpoint of a spa, we are
convinced that Carlsbad is actually one big hospital.

                 —Franz Zatloukal, Karlsbad und
                 seine therapeutische Bedeutung
1

In 1912, the Marienbader Ärzteverein published a medical guidebook for spa guests. Its purpose was to provide the reader with

the conviction—based on one’s own observation, and impossible to
undermine by any dodgy maneuvering through advertising to the
contrary—that Marienbad is not just some sort of fashionable ‘in spa
but rather a serious, world-class health resort. And to serve the reader
as a reliable guidebook for the intelligent use of means and measures
available at the spa.2

Along with a popular-scientific introduction to the climatic, geographical, and hygienic pertinent facts, the slender volume comprised a treatise on the Marienbad mineral springs, balneological facilities, and their effect on the human body. The authors attacked the widespread view that persons who were more seriously ill went to Carlsbad and Franzensbad, while Marienbad, as the Viennese humorist Daniel Spitzer put it in a somewhat malicious comment, was a magnet for “nominal patients, no really secret sufferers from liver disease, but rather at the most obese individuals of the first and second class.”3 The foreword of the guidebook sets out to prove the opposite,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Jewish Culture and Contexts ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction- The (Mirrored) Playroom 1
  • Part 1- Be’Era Shel Miryam 11
  • Chapter 1 - A Letter 13
  • Chapter 2 - Consuming Places 17
  • Chapter 3 - In a Large Garden of Modernity 32
  • Chapter 4 - Bourgeois Experiential Spaces of Worry and Concern 49
  • Part II - Beit Dimyoni 67
  • Chapter 5 - A Conversation 69
  • Chapter 6 - Miscounters 76
  • Chapter 7 - Encounters 106
  • Part III - Odradek 135
  • Chapter 8 - A Story 137
  • Chapter 9 - The City in the Hills 141
  • Chapter 10 - Warmbod Grotesques 157
  • Part IV - Jutopia 177
  • Chapter 11 - A Map 179
  • Chapter 12 - Traveling to Bohemia 182
  • Chapter 13 - To Bohemia and beyond 197
  • Afterword Return to Bohemia 219
  • Abbreviations 225
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 265
  • Index 295
  • Acknowledgments 303
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