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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸