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Reopening on 8 February


From 8 February 2021, the VWI's archive and library are accessible again. Registration via telephone or e-mail is required since the reading room allows only one person at the same time.

The museum can be accessed by a maximum of two people at the same time. In all cases a FFP2-mask is mandatory and also the minimum distance of two metres has to be guaranteed.

The institute can be reached by telephone from Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00: +43-1-890-15-14

Latest Events and Calls

07. March 2021 08:00 - 15. March 2021 23:59
FellowshipsConny Kristel Fellowship Programme 2021
By facilitating international access to an unprecedented range of key archives and collections related to the Holocaust as well as archival and digital humanities expertise, the EHRI Conny Kristel Fellowships support and stimulate Holocaust research conducted by researchers, archivist...Weiterlesen...
07. March 2021 12:00 - 15. March 2021 23:59
ChancenDigital Heritage Management Specialist
(English version below) Das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) schreibt zum ehest möglichen Zeitpunkt eine Stelle als “Digital Heritage Management Specialist” aus   Arbeitsbeschreibung Das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) schreibt ei...Weiterlesen...
24. March 2021 15:00
VWI invites/goes to...Anna Menyhért: Trauma in the Digital Age. The Representation, Transmission, and Processing of Trauma on Social Media
VWI goes to the Academy of Fine Arts Since the 2000s, social media networks have introduced major changes in the way people are regularly exposed to content related to the traumatic experiences of others (wars, catastrophes, individual disasters, violence, and rape). Social media pro...Weiterlesen...
25. March 2021 12:00
VWI invites/goes to...Maayan Armelin: Leadership Styles And Social Relations in the SS-Einsatzgruppen
VWI goes to the University of Vienna Mass executions across the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union marked the first stage of systematic annihilation during the Holocaust. The SS-Einsatzgruppen, mobile paramilitary units, murdered over a million and a half civilians, shooting them on the marg...Weiterlesen...

Marta Havryshko

Gerda Henkel – Research Fellow (2/2021 – 9/2021)


War on Women’s Bodies. Sexual Violence during the Holocaust in Ukraine


Web HavryshkoSexual violence was one of the most horrific parts of women’s everyday lives during the Holocaust. This research project analyses the causes, patterns, dynamics, and consequences of sexual violence against Jewish women and girls during the Shoah in Ukraine using a gender approach. The main questions under consideration include: Was sexual violence a by-product or rather a tool of genocide? How and why could rape be considered an instrument of terror, humiliation, punishment, revenge, dehumanisation, demonstrating power, bonding among perpetrators, and constructing gender roles? What is sexual about sexual violence in the Holocaust? The project analyses how cultural ideas and discourses about the body, sexuality, reproduction, and ethnic, racial, national, religious, and political identity as well as positions of power contributed to perpetrators’ motivations and strategies for sexual violence, as well as victims’/survivors’ experiences of these processes. The project seeks to create a meaningful space for Jewish women’s voices and perspectives.


Marta Havryshko is a Research Associate at the I. Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Her research interests include sexual violence during the Holocaust and the Second World War, gender history, and nationalism. In 2019/20, she was a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her research has been supported by Yad Vashem, the German Academic Exchange Service, Yahad-In Unum, Monash University, and others.


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