Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue Receives Austrian Citizenship

Austrian Consulate General of New York


The spiritual leader of New York´s Park East Synagogue and the Minskoff Cultural Center, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, received Austrian Citizenship on Thursday, March 31, 2005. The Austrian Consul General in New York, Ambassador Dr. Michael Breisky, hosted a ceremony at his residence and handed over the decree of citizenship. Ambassador Breisky highlighted the long-lasting cooperation between Rabbi Schneier and Austria.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, Ambassador Dr. Gábor Horváth, Consul General of Hungary, and Ambassador Dr. Gerhard Pfanzelter, Permanent Representative of Austria to the U.N., were also present at the ceremony.

Vienna born Arthur Schneier emigrated to Hungary and subsequently to the U.S. to escape Nazi persecution. Like many former emigrants from Austria, Rabbi Schneier recently decided to take advantage of the provision in Austrian law that enables Austrian victims of Nazi persecution to re-establish citizenship.

For questions, please contact:
Gregor B. Csörsz, Vice - Consul
31 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021
Phone (212) 737-6400 Fax (212) 772-8926, E-Mail: gregor.csoersz@bmaa.gv.at