International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Austria

"Our responsibility is an honest and pro-active reflection on Austria's history," remarked Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the National Council (the Speaker of the Austrian House of Representatives) in his speech at the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration at the Austrian Parliament on January 25, 2018. 

Conversations with Holocaust survivors Victor Klein, Herbert Loewy, Fritz Rubin-Bittmann and Alfred Schreier, moderated by Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna marked this year’s official Holocaust commemorations. On that occasion, Rabbi Mordechai Fiksler recited the Jewish prayer of remembrance "El Maleh Rahamim" (God full of compassion). Works by Walter Arlen, Ernst Toch and Bruno Walter, Jewish composers, who were expelled, were performed by students from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Read more

Foreign Minister Kneissl: "Auschwitz is the stern warning"

 Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl (c) Austrian Foreign Ministry, Photo: Mahmoud

Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl (c) Austrian Foreign Ministry, Photo: Mahmoud

"Auschwitz is the stern warning what kind of suffering and lasting trauma can result from anti-Semitism, intolerance, racism, fanaticism and marginalization," said Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on January 27. Read more

 

Education Minister Fassmann: “Active Holocaust education in schools”

During a visit of the Viennese City Temple together with Oskar Deutsch, President of the Vienna Jewish Community, Heinz Fassmann underscored his Ministry’s commitment for Holocaust eduction as part of the national curriculum.

For almost 20 years, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has been a sponsoring partner of the non-profit organization “erinnern.at” (“remember.at”), which provides instructional guidance, support and resources for educators in Austria who teach the history of the Holocaust and the era of National Socialism. Read more

 

 

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims. Member nations of the U.N.  honor the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs as part of an international resolve to help prevent future acts of genocide