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  • European Jewish Groups Urge World to Isolate Austria

    Some 200 of Europe’s Orthodox rabbis have aborted plans to meet in Vienna next month as a protest against the inclusion of Jorg Haider’s far-right Freedom Party in Austria’s governing coalition. The Conference of European Rabbis said it would move its scheduled March meeting to Slovakia because it was now “inappropriate” for the rabbis to… More ▸

  • Israel to Recall Ambassador if Austria Goes Through with Power-sharing Deal

    Israel has threatened to recall its ambassador to Vienna if Austria’s president approves a coalition that includes far-right leader Jorg Haider’s Freedom Party. “If such a coalition arises, there is no place for an Israeli ambassador in Austria — period,” Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy told Israel Army Radio on Wednesday, adding that Israel must… More ▸

  • Austria to Begin Atonement Process During Concert at Site of Mauthausen

    Austria will begin to exorcize its ghosts when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra moves from its comfortable, gilded home for a concert in the very heart of darkness: the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp. From the time it plays the opening notes to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony next May, the country will at last begin to… More ▸

  • Despite a Decade of Efforts, Austria Won’t Return Archives

    Israelis, Austrian Jews and even a U.S. senator have asked Austrian officials during the past decade to return to Jewish hands a large archival collection that once belonged to the Jewish communities of the easternmost province of Austria. Despite these efforts, however, the archives chronicling life in Burgenland remain in an Austrian archive. According to… More ▸