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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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Des Sépharades aux Juifs grecs. Histoire, mémoire et identité.

Tuesday, 21. June 2022, 18:30

Bookshop Singer, Rabensteig 3, 1010 Wien


Dr. Odette Varon-Vassard, Jewisch Museum of Greece

The fruit of many years of research, Dr. Varon-Vassard’s book revisits and reconstructs the history of the Sephardi Jews from Spain who settled in the Ottoman Empire after 1492. As Salonica and a few other Ottoman cities in the region became important centers of Sephardi Jewry, the identity of those Jews was constantly renegotiated. Spanish Jews subsequently became Sephardim in exile, Ottoman Jews and then citizens of the states that succeeded the Ottoman Empire.

Responding to the comments provided by the discussants Dr. Dimitrios Varvaritis and Lida Maria Dodou (University of Vienna), the author will present her work for the first time in Vienna. She will trace the process of Sephardi identity transformation along the centuries, until WWII, the memories of engagement in the Resistance and fight for survival in hiding for the minority and the memory of deportation and extermination for the majority - a memory that remained repressed for a long time to reemerge in Greece only recently, during the last quarter of a century.

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