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  • Austrian Students Initiate Monument to Kristallnacht

    The ski resort town of Innsbruck in the Austrian Tyrol has erected a Kristallnacht monument thanks to a grass-roots initiative by local students. The monument, a 20-foot tall, stylized menorah, was unveiled in June. The candles on the monument, which is located on a central Innsbruck square, will be lighted by a laser beam each… More ▸

  • Agreement Reached to Move Composer’s Archives to Vienna

    The much-contested musical archives of Arnold Schoenberg will soon move to Vienna, the composer’s two sons announced this week. In a news conference Monday at the Austrian Consulate here, Lawrence and Ronald Schoenberg said the opening of the new Arnold Schoenberg Center is slated for spring 1998. When first reported, the move from the present… More ▸

  • Archives of Jewish Composer to Move from U.S. to Austria

    The Arnold Schoenberg Institute, which holds one of the world’s most valuable musical archives, is leaving Los Angeles for Vienna. The decision by Schoenberg’s heirs has been sharply denounced by some university scholars, who point to the Austrian capital’s long history of anti- Semitism before and during the World War II era. Claudio Spies, emeritus… More ▸

  • Austria’s Rightist Party Stuns Europeans with Success at Polls

    The strong showing of the far-right Freedom Party in Austria’s elections this week for the European Parliament was greeted ominously throughout Europe, with some warning that the party’s leader could become another Hitler. Jorg Haider’s Freedom Party won 28 percent of the vote in Sunday’s elections. The results placed the Freedom Party in third place,… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Austrian Jew May Represent Racist Party in E.u. Parliament

    In a bid to increase his acceptance at home and in the European community at large, far-right leader Jorg Haider has stunned critics by including a Jewish author on his party’s list for elections to the European Parliament. Haider’s Freedom Party, the strongest far-right party in Western Europe, already holds five of Austria’s 21 seats… More ▸

  • Austria Enables Heirs to Benefit from Restitution

    The Austrian Fund for Victims of National Socialism has decided that payments from the fund could be inherited if claimants die before receiving their benefits. The fund’s supervisory committee said an application for the fund must have been filed before the claimant’s death in order for the money to be inherited. “It’s very important to… More ▸

  • Exhibit from Vienna Honors Kollek

    The Israel Museum honored former Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek with an exhibition that opened here last week. The exhibition, “Masterpieces from Imperial Vienna: Loans from the Kunsthistorisches Museum,” is a tribute not only to Kollek, who was born 85 years ago this week in Vienna, but also to Jerusalem itself, which is now celebrating its… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Holocaust Survivors Welcome Payments from Austrian Fund

    Nearly one year after the Austrian government began offering compensation of Holocaust survivors, some 10,000 people from around the world have applied for the one-time payment. According to some of the recipients, the $7,000 payments was a welcome gesture. “This money will make our life a bit easier,” Saul Gottlieb of Florida wrote to the… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Austrian Jews Express Relief over Far-right’s Election Scores

    Austria’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief at this week’s election setback for Jorg Haider, the country’s far-right political leader. “We are satisfied for the time being,” said Paul Grosz, president of the Austrian Jewish Communities. There is a clear sense of relief, he added, that “at the moment, the danger of destabilizing the… More ▸

  • Austria Pledges First Funds to Nazi Victims by Christmas

    The Austrian government has vowed to pay the first 100 beneficiaries of a national fund for Jewish victims of the Nazis by Christmas. The vow was reported by Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress. The claimants will receive a one-time payment of $7,000 each from the National Fund of the Republic of… More ▸