Dear Readers,

July, 2005

The first three articles of this summer issue are dedicated to outstanding individuals: Ambassador Ernst Sucharipa, who was a tireless negotiator on restitution matters; Ari Rath, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post; and Stuart Eizenstat, former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and Special Representative for Holocaust Issues.

You will find a press release by the Israelite Religious Community of Vienna welcoming the agreement that offered them an additional 18.2 million Euros for confiscated property/assets during the NS era. The press release is followed by two statements on the matter, by the Austrian Federal Chancellor and the Austrian Foreign Minister, respectively.

The research work of the Austrian Historical Commission has been completed. The result is a collection of 49 volumes with altogether 17,000 pages weighing 50 pounds and measuring eight feet in length.

Read about the results of the OSCE Conference on anti-Semitism in Spain; and the Israeli Ambassador’s appeal to Austria and the European Union. The U.S. Administration congratulated Austria’s government on the decision to submit the legal dispute over six paintings by Gustav Klimt to arbitration in Austria.

A group of Viennese has started an interesting project of personal remembrance. On the occasion of the inauguration of the new Theodor Herzl Museum in Jerusalem, the Austrian State Secretary for the Arts, Franz Morak, met with Israeli President Katzav and the Speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin. Peter Singer’s fascinating memoirs on his grandfather, David Oppenheim, Pushing Time Away: My Grandfather and the Tragedy of Jewish Vienna, have come out in the Europa Verlag.

Yours sincerely,


Christoph Meran
Austrian Press and Information Service