The Jewish Welcome Service hosted a delegation of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) from 22 to 29 June. The Jewish Welcome Service organized a varied program together with AJC NY and the Austrian Consulate General. The aim of the visit was to give an impression of present-day Austria - from politics to business and culture to modern Jewish life.
The program included meetings and discussions with Austrian politicians in parliament, background talks with representatives of the City of Vienna and the Foreign Ministry, a guided tour of the Jewish Museum Vienna, a visit to the IKG Campus Vienna with President Deutsch as well as the Jewish Community Salzburg. The delegation also visited the Mauthausen and Schloss Hartheim memorial sites and met Ari Rath, former publisher of the Jerusalem Post. Particularly moving: One of the participants was born in a DP camp near Linz. The Jewish Welcome Service made it possible for him to visit his birthplace.
The American Jewish Committee is the oldest Jewish organization in the USA and was founded in 1906. The Jewish Welcome Service previously hosted delegations of AJC ACCESS (younger generation of AJC) in 2012 and 2013.