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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

 

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is active in three central fields: research, documentation, and education of all issues related to antisemitism, racism, and the Holocaust, including its origins and aftermath.

 

The VWI’s research activities centre on the fellowship program and on scholarly projects. Fellows guarantee flexibility and an open relationship to the free research scene. The on-going intensive exchange between early career as well as established researchers ensures permanent academic innovation and safeguards the integration of new questions and methods in the on-going and emerging research and events programme of the institute.

 

The main collections held at the VWI comprise the Holocaust-related parts of the archive of the Jewish Community of Vienna (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, IKG), which are on loan to the institute at its new location and are currently being digitalised, as well as Simon Wiesenthal’s extensive estate. Other smaller relevant archives, collections, and estates will gradually be added. The VWI’s research activities in the form of projects and publications are intended to build on these collections owned by or accessible via the institute.

 

The third pillar of the VWI’s activities reflects the institute’s dedication to the central idea of the European Enlightenment: the education of responsible adults based on the transfer of knowledge. Scholarly lectures, conferences, and events are designed to encourage the broad public into confronting antisemitism, racism, the Holocaust, and genocide via the presentation of important research results on these subjects. However, it is also important to develop and test new, even experimental concepts: The VWI also stages exhibitions, initiates interventions in the public sphere, and is developing new internet projects. Beyond this, new teaching methods and teaching aids for schools will be put up for discussion in the context of academic events.

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