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  • Wealthy Austrian Family Claims Albright’s Father Stole Paintings

    A wealthy Austrian family has demanded that U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her family return millions of dollars worth of “war booty” allegedly taken from their apartment in Prague after World War II. Philip Harmer, head of a family of former Austrian industrialists and landowners, alleges that Albright’s father, Josef Korbel, took 20… More ▸

  • Austria Plans War Crimes Trial, the Country’s First in Two Decades

    A former Nazi doctor who allegedly conducted experiments on children and went on to become a celebrated Austrian neurologist was expected to be charged this week with the murder of at least five children. The move follows a decision by Austria’s Justice Ministry that Dr. Heinrich Gross, 83, should stand trial for “participation in the… More ▸

  • Youth from Ex-yugoslavia Gather Together in Vienna

    With Austria currently holding the rotating presidency of the European Union, conferences here that draw people from several European nations are common. But a gathering here last week was unique: All of the participants were Jewish teen-agers and college students from the five republics of the former Yugoslavia. The 40 participants — several of whom… More ▸

  • ADL Honors Austrian Teen Artist

    The Vienna-based Central and Eastern Europe Office of the Anti-Defamation League has announced the winners of a national high school art contest held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht. First prize went to 17-year-old Alexandra Szeredi, for a work that depicted a baby with a tiny swastika in its right eye. More than 500… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Sephardi Immigrants Boost Austrian Jewish Community

    “You seem to be a nice guy. What are you doing living in Austria?” That’s a question Paul Grosz, the president of Vienna’s Jewish community, says he now expects from foreign visitors. “It’s not taboo for a Jew in London or New York to say I’m British or I’m American, but it’s quite different to… More ▸

  • Vienna Mayor Gives Go-ahead to Disputed Holocaust Memorial

    When a controversial Holocaust monument is finally built in the heart of Vienna, it will be the city’s first memorial dedicated solely to Jewish victims of the Shoah. Vienna’s mayor, Michael Haupl, announced Tuesday that the city, which is funding the project, would go ahead with construction on Judenplatz — Jews Square, the former center… More ▸

  • Suspect in 1944 Massacre Near Rome Found in Austria

    A former Nazi who may have taken part in Italy’s worst wartime massacre has been discovered in Austria, according to an Italian newspaper report. The Rome daily La Repubblica reported Sunday that 83-year-old Wilheim Schubernig, who reportedly took part in the 1944 Ardeatine Caves massacre of 335 residents of Rome, 75 of them Jews, had… More ▸

  • New German Political Party Emulates Austrian Extremists

    A new extremist political party has surfaced in Germany — and its founder says he plans to use Europe’s most popular extremist party as his model. About 300 people gathered recently in the central German town of Kirchheim for the inauguration of the party, which is called Offensive for Germany — the Liberals. The party’s… More ▸

  • Russia Pardons Austrian Man Believed to Be Hitler’s Relative

    A person believed to be a relative of Adolf Hitler was among a group of German and Austrian citizens recently pardoned by Russia, a Moscow daily newspaper reported. The 61 Germans and 13 Austrians exonerated last month — most of them posthumously — were convicted as war criminals by Soviet military courts during and after… More ▸

  • ADL Opens Center in Austria to Combat Prejudice in Europe

    The Anti-Defamation League has opened an office in Vienna — its first in Europe — to serve as a base for fighting anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry in Central and Eastern Europe. “We put up the mezuzah,” said the Anti-Defamation’s national director, Abraham Foxman. Foxman said the two-person staff will carry out traditional ADL operations, including… More ▸