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Since 3 May 2021, the archive and library have been reopened to visitors with strict hygiene measures. Appointments are necessary. The museum is also open to the public again (max. three persons at the same time).



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


Using the Archive / Contact Information


Effective from January 2020

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies


The Fortunoff Video Archive comprises more than 12,000 hours of video interviews with Holocaust survivors. The archive emerged from the collection of 183 interviews created in 1979 as part of the Holocaust Survivors Film Project and today comprises more than 4,400 interviews in 22 languages that were either recorded at Yale University or in the framework of partner projects. The individual recordings can be browsed via the online catalogue.


For a long time, these recordings could only be viewed on site at Yale University. In the framework of an agreement concluded between Yale University and the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) in January 2017 the interviews can now – following registration and ordering of materials – also be viewed at the VWI. A tutorial explains the procedure and includes tips for expanded searches.


Using the Archive / Contact Information


Effective from January 2020



The two cornerstones of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) in the area of documentation are its publicly accessible archive and its publicly accessible library. The location at the Rabensteig allowed for various partly extant, partly new archival and library holdings on antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust, including its origins and aftermath, to be collected in one place with unitary conditions of storage, access, and use. The discovery and preparation of archival materials as well as the acquisition of literature are conducted in accordance with the running research and education projects and with the research activities of the fellows at the institute.

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


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