Dear Readers,

September , 2004

The Holocaust Memorial sites of Yad Vashem in Israel and Mauthausen in Austria have exhibited exemplary cooperation. Austria's Minister of the Interior, Ernst Strasser, announced the intensification of exchange, particularly in educational training.

The largest Holocaust research project in Austrian schools is entering phase II in which personal encounters between pupils and survivors will take place.

Three weeks before his death, the Austrian Federal President Thomas Klestil commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of Theodor Herzl. In a remarkable speech, Klestil warned against the ‘poison of intolerance which has found its way back into language.’ In honor of the founder of Zionism, the city of Vienna renamed a pedestrian zone "Theodor Herzl Platz." On the same day, Austria, Israel and Hungary simultaneously issued a commemorative stamp.

Who hasn’t heard about the famed collection of anecdotes entitled, "Die Tante Jolesch," by the great Austrian writer and narrator, Friedrich Torberg? With "Vienna "City of Jews. The World of Tante Jolesch" the Jewish Museum in Vienna dedicated an exhibition to Viennese Jewish life in the 20s and 30s.

Read about the conference "Remember Baghdad" in Vienna; the escape of a 12 year-old Austrian from Nazi-occupied Salzburg, and the return to Austria of a former forced laborer.

You will also find an article on the efforts to revive the Lieben Prize, an award for outstanding physicists or chemists, which was founded in Vienna in 1862.

Yours sincerely,

Christoph Meran
Austrian Press and Information Service