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Archive, library, and museum will be reopened from Monday, 8 June 2020 at their usual opening hours. Due to the legal requirements (corona virus), the number of places in the reading room is limited and therefore confirmed registration is required:



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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Paul A. Shapiro: Opening the archives of the International Tracing Service. How did it Happen?

Thursday, 18. December 2008, 18:30 - 21:00

Jüdisches Museum Wien, Dorotheergasse 11, A-1010 Wien


Mit Datenschutz-Argumenten hat das Internationale Rote Kreuz jahrzehntelang den Zugang zum größten Holocaust-Archiv der Welt blockiert. Sein International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen (Hessen) verfügt über einen Bestand von rund 50 Millionen Dokumenten zu rund 17,5 Millionen Menschen. Aufgabe des Suchdienstes war und ist die Sammlung, Ordnung, Aufbewahrung und Auswertung von Unterlagen über zivile Opfer der NS- Herrschaft. Im November 2007 kam es nach großem internationalem Druck zur Freigabe der Akten für die historische Forschung. Paul Shapiro war maßgeblich an der Öffnung des ITS- Archivs beteiligt. In seinem Vortrag wird er über die politischen Hintergründe, die diplomatischen Schritte zur Öffnung, die Inhalte des ITS-Archivs, seine Zugänglichkeit und die neuen Chancen für die Holocaust-Forschung sprechen.

(Vortrag in englischer Sprache)


Paul A. Shapiro, Dr., ist Direktor des Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies am United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.










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