First-time commemoration on the location of the former Vienna Aspang station – some 400 students will participate in commemorative march in Auschwitz this Thursday.


Contemporary Witnesses and Students Remembered Deportations to Concentration Camps

Der Standard, April 13, 2015

Vienna – Most of the more than 90 transports to concentration camps originating from Austria left from the former Vienna Aspang station in Vienna-Landstrasse. This Monday, the location was visited by several school classes who will travel to Auschwitz on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday. A number of contemporary witnesses and Austrian politicians will be visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp as well.

Museum and permanent exhibition „Für das Kind“ („For the Child“)


Hours: Monday – Thursday 08:30 AM to 04:00 PM, and Friday from 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Address: Radetzkystraße 5 / Entrance via Pfefferhofgasse 5 in 1030, Vienna

In Remembrance of the rescue of 10.000 children from the Nazis
On Wednesday night (December 10, 2014), the museum and permanent exhibition “Für das Kind” (“For the child”) was solemnly opened at the Radetzkystraße 5 in the third district of Vienna. The museum and exhibition serves a reminder of more than 10.000 Jewish children that left their families, fleeing from the Nazis in Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland to the United Kingdom.

Exhibition | Austrian Builder-Owner Award 2014

Where: Exhibition center in the Ringturm, Schottenring 30, 1010 Vienna
When: November 18,  2014 - January 16, 2015

Presented by the Central Association of Austrian Architects since 1967, the annual Austrian Builder-Owner Award is presented to constructions which stand out for their exceptional architectural language and design. The award-winning projects are the result of close collaboration between the builder-owners and architects involved, and also make a contribution to enhancing the respective locality. This year, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein’s Architektur im Ringturm exhibition series will showcase the Austrian Builder-Owner Award for the fourth time, offering a snapshot of the country’s contemporary architectural landscape.

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Ongoing Exhition: 200 and 20 – the library of the Jewish Museum

Ongoing Exhition: 200 and 20 – the library of the Jewish Museum

Museum Dorotheergasse
Dorotheergasse 11
1010 WIen

Sun - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat Closed

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the Jewish Museum library, the Museum is showing exceptional rare items that are otherwise too fragile to put on display. The library was officially opened at Seitenstettengasse 4 on November 24, 1994. Its inventory consists of the remnants of the Jewish Community (IKG) library and the Museum’s collections (Schlaff, Stern, Burg, donations, new acquisitions, and the Berger legacy).

First Austrian Holocaust Memorial Center to Open in Synagogue in Graz

Source: Der Standard, November 5, 2014

An Institution especially for students and young people

Graz/Vienna - Graz gets the first Holocaust-Memorial-Center of Austria. The “Holocaust Gedenk-und Toleranzzentrum Steiermark” will be located on the lower ground and the upper floor of the synagogue of Graz, as Ruth Kaufmann, president of the Jewish Cultural Association in Graz revealed during a presentation of the project last Wednesday. The center is scheduled to open in November 2015.

Night of the Illuminated Synagogues: Light Installations Above Leopoldstadt

Source: Der Standard, November 3, 2014

The Jewish Community of Vienna remembers the night as synagogues burned

Vienna – In remembrance of the horrible tragedies of the pogrom night of 1938, beams of light across the second district in Vienna will mark the places where houses of prayer or synagogues, prior to their destruction, once stood.  These shall serve as a reminders of the burning synagogues. At 16 different locations solemn vigils and sound installations will take place.

Shadows From My Past

SHADOWS FROM MY PAST is a documentary filmed in Austria, Germany, France and the United States. It deals with the mixed emotions of Gita Kaufman, an American Jewish woman upon her return to Vienna, Austria, the city she was forced to flee as a child in February of 1940.

The movie was screened, among others, at the Neue Gallery in New York and was featured at the Vienna Jewish Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Starting August 29, 2014, it will screened daily at the Quad Cinema in New York City until September 5, 2014.

For showtimes and further information visit:

Leon Zelman Prize

Leon Zelman Prize

Second Leon Zelman Prize went to the school community of G19
Vienna's city councilman for culture Andreas Mailath-Pokorny presented the Leon Zelman Prize for dialog and understanding to the school community of G19 on June 12: "I was deeply touched by the intensive and longstanding effort of the school community of Federal Grammar School 19. I am also delighted that a worthy prize exists for awarding this extremely important work rendered in the service of remembrance."

Wrapping of the Ringturm 2014

Wrapping of the Ringturm 2014

"Veil of Agnes" by Arnulf Rainer
With the work "Schleier der Agnes" (The Veil of Agnes) by Arnulf Rainer, the Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is continuing the covering of the Ringturm with large-scale artwork. The work can still be seen on the façade of the Ringturm until the middle of September. This year’s art campaign, which can be seen from afar, is the seventh time it has been held. From September 3, Vienna’s Albertina shows important stages in Arnulf Rainer’s complex creativity in a comprehensive exhibition of his work. The Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is supporting this exhibition as sponsor.

The Time Viennese Music Became Popular

Source: Die Presse

With Hugo Botstiber the historian Robert Lackner found a central figure of the Viennese music scene 100 years ago that has so far been neglected by research.

Hugo Botstiber was one of the driving forces of the Viennese music scene between 1900 and 1938. However, information about the man born as the son of Jewish Hungarians in Vienna are rare. That is why, Robert Lackner put him at the center of his dissertation (Institute for History at the University of Graz, Styria; Supervisor: Siegfried Beer).

The First Europeans. Habsburg and Other Jews – A World before 1914

Hundred years after the onset of World War I, the European Union faces a severe crisis. The Jewish Museum Hohenems looks back onto the world of the “Habsburg Jews” and their experiences, their transnational networks and their mobility, their hopes for a European federation and their illusions about the Habsburg “commonwealth.” The exhibition presents precious loans from museums and private collections in Europe and the US—and tells the story of merchants and carriers, inventions and white slavery, artists and salons, peddlers and scholars, spies and patriots.

Wien Leopoldstadt: Commemoration of Jewish victims of the Holocaus

On May 18, 2014, the 9th part of the “Weg der Erinnerung” (Walk of Remembrance) was celebrated in Vienna.  In a festive ceremony, relatives from the U.S., Israel, Australia, England, Switzerland and Austria remembered their family members, who died during the Holocaust. Susanne Perl, born in 1922, was able to flee in 1939 as part of a special Kindertransport (Children’s Transport). She travelled from the U.S. to, together with her children Monica Shavit and Martin Perl, commemorate her parents in law Leopold and Martha Perl and her twin uncles Aaron and Nathan Schimmel at the Stones of Remembrance.

Find more information on the Stones of Remembrance project here

Armageddon - Jewish Life and Death in WWI

The exhibition shows the lives of soldiers, politicians, rabbis, artists, revolutionaries, and pacifists – including many women. The front in Jerusalem, pacifism, and the unrest in 1918/19 are also dealt with. Historical objects such as letters by the Jewish community assuring loyalty to the emperor, paintings of prominent figures, memorabilia of Jewish soldiers, and Judaica from Galicia and Vienna will also be shown. Digitally mastered black and white photos from Vienna, Galicia, and Jerusalem, and journalistic sources in showcases round off the exhibition.