Grasser Receives Award from the European Jewish Community

Austrian Press Agency (APA) (03/03/2006)

For his contribution to Jewish Life in Austria

Brussels. Austrian Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser is to be awarded by the Center for the European Jewish Community for his contribution and personal involvement in the Jewish community in Austria. Grasser will receive the Jewish Revival Award at a gala dinner this coming Monday, announced the Center on Friday.

During 2001 Grasser assumed a leading role in the name of his government for the restoration of the first Jewish teacher’s academy in Vienna since WW II, explained the organization. The Center based its decision upon the fact that the Finance Minister represented the Austrian Federal Government during its EU Presidency [in the first half of 2006], which had also concluded the agreement on restitution for NS stolen public and private properties.