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24. May 2024 00:00 - 04. June 2024 00:00
WorkshopDealing with Antisemitism in the Past and Present. Scientific Organisations and the State of Research in Austria
This series of talks, presented by antisemitism experts from different organisations that research antisemitism using a variety of academic approaches, aims to provide a snapshot of historical evolutions, current events, prevalent perceptions and declared (and undeclared) attitudes. I...Weiterlesen...
24. May 2024 08:00 - 15. July 2024 23:59
CfP - Simon Wiesenthal ConferenceKriegsendverbrechen. Der Rückzug der Wehrmacht und die letzte Phase des Zweiten Weltkriegs / Crimes at War’s End. The Retreat of the Wehrmacht and the Final Phase of WWII
(english below) HGM-Konferenz 2025 / Simon Wiesenthal Conference 2025 Internationale Tagung des Heeresgeschichtlichen Museums (HGM) und des Wiener Wiesenthal Instituts für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Geschichte der Universität Klagenfurt und dem Insti...Weiterlesen...
24. May 2024 18:00
InterventionLange Nacht der Forschung 2024
2024 öffnet das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) in der Langen Nacht der Forschung wieder seine Tore und lädt Interessierte in seine Räumlichkeiten am Rabensteig 3 ein. Im Rahmen von Vorträgen, Podiumsdiskussionen und Präsentationen bieten VWI-Team und Gäste Einb...Weiterlesen...
04. June 2024 13:00
VWI invites/goes to...Workshop: Social History of the Shoah. Everyday Life, Space and Time
 VWI invites the Department of Contemporary History, University of Vienna     13:00Hannah Riedler (VWI Junior Fellow)Between Deportation, Forced Labour and Germanisation. The Umwandererzentralstelle in Occupied Poland 1939–1941Commented by Kerstin von Lingen 13:40...Weiterlesen...
06. June 2024 14:00
InterventionInternationaler Tag der Archive
Anlässlich des Internationalen Tags der Archive öffnet das VWI am 6. Juni seine Tore und lädt Interessierte in seine Räumlichkeiten am Rabensteig 3 ein. Verschiedene Präsentationen und Führungen bieten Einblicke in die Archivarbeit.   14:00-14:45 Bildquellen in der Holocaustf...Weiterlesen...
13. June 2024 18:30
Simon Wiesenthal LectureJack Fairweather: The Trials of Fritz Bauer. How Life as a Gay Jewish Socialist under the Nazis Shaped His Quest for Justice
Fritz Bauer’s daring mission to bring Adolf Eichmann and the perpetrators of Auschwitz to justice forced Germany and the world to pay attention to the crimes of the Holocaust. Bauer’s moral courage in speaking out in a society that had not yet come to terms with its past, which he him...Weiterlesen...

Statement by the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) On the Current Rise in Antisemitism Worldwide

The VWI condemns the drastic rise in anti-Semitic incidents of verbal and physical violence and the global threat to Jews following the terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israeli residential areas on 7 October 2023. On the night of 1 November 2023, the ceremonial hall in the Jewish section of Vienna’s Central Cemetery was set on fire.


Already at the beginning of November 1938, exactly 85 years ago, the Jewish Community of Vienna mourned the devastation of its ceremonial hall by the National Socialists. On the other hand, during the Second World War, the new Jewish cemetery had offered the Jews who remained in Vienna a last resort. It is thus inscribed in the collective memory as a central site of survival. Today, the new attack causes traumatic memories of the Holocaust in many survivors. At the same time, Jews in various places, including Vienna, are threatened and their houses and streets are marked.

The VWI calls on the Republic of Austria and the City of Vienna to use all means at the disposal of the constitutional state to protect those affected and to consequently punish antisemitic hate crimes.

With his life’s work, Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal stands for the defense of our fundamental democratic values and for understanding between the most diverse social, cultural and religious groups. The VWI sees both threatened by the attacks against Jews currently spreading all over the world and also in Austria. The VWI stands in solidarity with all Jews, the Jewish Community of Austria, to Israel as the home of the survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants as well as to the hostages of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The VWI commemorates all civilian victims of the conflict in the Middle East. The VWI calls on the citizens of Austria, especially those responsible in politics and the media, to show civil courage and to do everything possible to safeguard our democratic values and to enable everyone to live a safe and fear-free life.

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