Austria

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸