Dear Readers,

November 20 , 2003

The year 2003 is a commemorative one for Austria: we celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Jewish Welcome Service, forty years of the establishment of the Austrian- Israeli Society, and we commemorate the victims of the "Night of the Broken Glass" sixty-five years ago. A symbolic tribute has recently been paid in New York City to former slave and forced laborers and their descendants.

Other articles in this issue include a self-interview with the Austrian-born "father of the birth control pill," and an open letter about the plight of the once famous Jewish theater in the Nestroyhof in Vienna.

Read about the recent visit of the Israeli Foreign Minster, Silvan Shalom, to Vienna; Austria and Israel’s plans to revive their trade relations and stimulate investment; a ninety-seven year-old Austrian-born painter who was recently rediscovered in Seattle, Washington; and the warning by the Association, "European Jews for a Just Peace," against the eviction of Yasser Arafat.

Yours sincerely,

Christoph Meran
Austrian Press and Information Service