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Reopening on 8 February


From 8 February 2021, the VWI's archive and library are accessible again. Registration via telephone or e-mail is required since the reading room allows only one person at the same time.

The museum can be accessed by a maximum of two people at the same time. In all cases a FFP2-mask is mandatory and also the minimum distance of two metres has to be guaranteed.

The institute can be reached by telephone from Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00: +43-1-890-15-14

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01. March 2021 08:00 - 15. March 2021 23:59
FellowshipsConny Kristel Fellowship Programme 2021
By facilitating international access to an unprecedented range of key archives and collections related to the Holocaust as well as archival and digital humanities expertise, the EHRI Conny Kristel Fellowships support and stimulate Holocaust research conducted by researchers, archivist...Weiterlesen...
01. March 2021 12:00 - 15. March 2021 23:59
ChancenDigital Heritage Management Specialist
(English version below) Das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) schreibt zum ehest möglichen Zeitpunkt eine Stelle als “Digital Heritage Management Specialist” aus   Arbeitsbeschreibung Das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) schreibt ei...Weiterlesen...

Paula Oppermann

Junior Fellow (11/2019–07/2020)


Changing Circumstances, Stable Agenda. The Ideology and Actions of the Latvian Fascist Pērkonkrusts Party


OPPERMANNThis project focusses on the fascist Pērkonkrusts (Thunder Cross) party, examining how the organisation developed its ultra-nationalist, antisemitic ideology during the 1930s and contributed to the collapse of Latvian civil society through its attacks on Jews. On the basis of these insights, it will examine the role of the Pērkonkrusts during the Second World War. Its members were involved on various levels in the German machinery of occupation and annihilation.


When the Germans banned the party in August 1941, some of its members established contact with the national resistance, while others remained in the service of the occupiers. After the war, however, above all those members who had emigrated to North America and Western Europe established an image of the Pērkonkrusts men as patriotic resistance fighters. This project questions their narrative and uncovers continuities in political convictions and activities from the 1930s through to the postwar period.


Paula Oppermann studied history, Baltic studies, and Holocaust and genocide studies in Greifswald and Uppsala. She then worked in the Wiener Library and the Topography of Terror Foundation. Since 2017, she has been a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow, where she is examining the history of the Latvian fascist Pērkonkrusts (Thunder Cross) party. In the course of her doctoral studies, she has been a fellow among other places at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich and the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Uppsala.


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