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Archive, library, and museum will be accessible again

 

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:

Archive: rene.bienert@vwi.ac.at
Library: barbara.grzelak@vwi.ac.at

 

Up to four persons at the same time are allowed to visit the Museum.

 

The safety is our top priority.
We kindly ask you to bring your own mouth and nose mask and wear it during your stay.
Hand disinfectants are available at our locations.

Events

 

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
Nanci Adler: The Future of the Stalinist Past
   

Thursday, 21. November 2019, 18:30 - 20:00

Dachfoyer des Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchivs, 1010 Wien, Minoritenplatz 1

 

What are the prospects for reconciliation when the state denies, ignores, or co-opts a history of repression? Thirty years after the end of a dictatorship that claimed millions of victims, aside from symbolic reparations, the post-Soviet government(s) have implemented little of the institutionalised transitional justice mechanisms to reckon with this past. There has been a persistent, politically-driven effort to manage national and public memory by repressing, controlling, or even co-opting the memory of repression. Now, as under Khrushchev and Gorbachev, the government sanctions the immortalisation of victims, but draws a thick line when it comes to the discussion of the perpetrators. Not one henchman has been tried, nor one truth commission instigated, victim compensation is limited, as is archival access, the record in history textbooks is a political narrative, and researchers of Stalinism are once again harassed on spurious charges. It was not until 2015 that the state sanctioned the plan for an offcial monument to the victims of Stalinism. Most of them did not live to see it erected. This lecture will focus on some of the causes and consequences of post-Soviet Russia’s ambivalent attitude toward its Stalinist past, and reflect on how to move beyond current impasses.

Nanci Adler is Professor of Memory, History, and Transitional Justice at the University of Amsterdam and Programme Director at the Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies (NIOD). She has authored and/or edited, among others, Keeping Faith with the Party. Communist Believers Return from the Gulag (2012), The Gulag Survivor. Beyond the Soviet System (2002), Victims of Soviet Terror. The Story of the Memorial Movement (1993), and Understanding the Age of Transitional Justice. Crimes, Courts, Commissions, and Chronicling (2018). Her research focuses on transitional justice and the legacy of communism.

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