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Using the Archive / Contact Information


Opening hours 


The archive will be closed from 22 July to 9 August 2024.


Monday: 9-13
Tuesday: 9-13
Wednesday: 11-15


To visit or use the archive a registration is required.


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Please bring an ID with you.


If you have questions concerning the collections in the archive or are interested in planning a visit, please contact us in writing or by telephone.


Due to the large number of queries as well as visitors we kindly ask for your patience in dealing with your query.


The archive includes one workstation with a computer for research purposes as well as several laptop workstations with free Wi-Fi access. Archival material that does not pose any data protection concerns may be photographed or scanned. The archive is accessible for people with disabilities.


The user form can be accessed here.

The user regulations can be accessed here.


Contact Information

For specific queries regarding holdings and collections of the Archive of the VWI:
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Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)
Rabensteig 3
1010 Vienna


The Archive of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is comprised of several holdings and collections of varying provenance and with their own histories. It is thus of eminent value for numerous aspects and perspectives of Holocaust research – including for example both victim and perpetrator research. Additionally, the video testimonies accessible at the archive offer a thematic focus on forced migration (often due to persecution) and the lives of those affected after 1945.


Specifically, the VWI Archive comprises the collections of the Archive of the Association of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime (= Simon Wiesenthal Archive) from Simon Wiesenthal’s former offices in Linz and Vienna. This is augmented by the Holocaust-related historical holdings of the Archive of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (Jewish Community Organisation, IKG) of Vienna, which have been housed and made accessible at the VWI in the framework of a loan agreement since 2018. Moreover, the VWI Archive offers on-site access to the video interviews of the Austrian Heritage Archive (AHA), the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, and the Video Archive of Refugee Voices.


Aside from further acquisitions, the VWI Archive aims to gradually digitise individual parts of the collections that are frequently requested and/or vulnerable from a conservationist standpoint. The archive endeavours moreover – in accordance with its thematic and archival focal points – to acquire further holdings such as private estates and other relevant collections.


Simon Wiesenthal Archive (SWA)
Archive Collection (SWA)

Archival Projekt: Early Wiesenthal
Archive of the IKG Vienna
Austrian Heritage Archive
Fortunoff Video Archive
Refugee Voices


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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is funded by:


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