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Lockdown, 26 December 2020 – 8 February January 2021


Due to legal reasons the archivelibrary, and museum are closed from 26 December 2020 to 8 February 2021.



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20. January 2021 08:00 - 27. January 2021 23:59
FellowshipsCall for Fellowships 2021/22
Fellowships 2021/2022 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its fellowships for the academic year 2021/2022. The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and...Weiterlesen...
20. January 2021 15:00
VWI invites/goes to...Marta Havryshko: War on Women's Bodies. Sexual Violence during the Holocaust in Ukraine
VWI invites Helga Amesberger Sexual violence was one of the most horrific parts of women's everyday lives during the Holocaust. The presented research project analyses the causes, locations, patterns, forms, dynamics, and consequences of sexual violence perpetrated against Jewish gir...Weiterlesen...
27. January 2021 17:00
VeranstaltungWebinar zum Internationalen Holocaust-Gedenktag Am 27. Januar 1945 wurde das KZ Auschwitz befreit. Zum Internationalen Holocaust-Gedenktag laden _erinnern.at_ und das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) zu einem Webinar über das Arbeits- und Vern...Weiterlesen...
28. January 2021 18:30
Simon Wiesenthal LectureCaspar Battegay: Um-Deutung, Um-Erzählung, Dekontextualisierung. Die Shoah in der Gegenwart Bei den Protesten gegen die Corona-Maßnahmen wurden Symbole des Holocaust wie der »Judenstern« in Anspruch genommen, um damit eine vermeintliche Marginalisierung abweichender Haltungen zum Ausdruck zu bringen....Weiterlesen...

Andrew Wisely

Research Fellow (02/2020–06/2020)


Between Auschwitz and Frankfurt. The Deception and Exception of SS Doctor Franz Lucas (1911–1994)


WISELYThis project examines Dr. Franz Bernhard Lucas (1911–1994), an SS camp and troop doctor who served for sixteen months in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen, Stutthof, Ravensbrück, and Sachsenhausen. In the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial (1963–1965) he denied having selected Jews on the Birkenau ramp in 1944, then admitted to doing so under pressure. His putative fear and the glowing testimony of Ravensbrück survivors mitigated his punishment and secured his acquittal in 1970. The trial anchors my book without dominating it. A more comprehensive portrait of Lucas requires university records, interrogations, other trial transcripts, testimonies, letters, officer files, and camp records. These help us understand his formation in the ‘Volksgemeinschaft’ and his eugenic actions against its racial outsiders. My book conceives of Lucas as a Januskopf – looking forward and backward, at once reluctant and opportunistic. Examples of deception offset reports of Lucas’s exceptionalism and entanglement. I also illuminate the culture of amnesty and victimisation in the 1950s and 1960s that delayed the acceptance of responsibility and remorse toward the true victims.


Andrew Wisely is Associate Professor of German at Baylor University, where he teaches all levels of German and co-directs a study abroad programme in Dresden. He is the author of Arthur Schnitzler and Twentieth-Century Criticism (2004). He has published articles on sterilisation, trauma, and confessional modes. His research and teaching interests include Austrian literature, medical literary discourses and ethics, testimony, postwar justice, perpetrator rhetoric, and trauma.

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