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Since the 1980s, the politics of remembrance and the central place held by the Holocaust therein have moved into the focus of a global cultural policy debate. Triggered by popular formats such as TV series, the establishment of Holocaust museums, and the erection of memorial sites and memorials, and by documentations, feature films, plays, as well as exhibitions, the highly controversial debate has addressed and continues to address the question of the sense and form of Holocaust remembrance as well as its possibilities and limits.


The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) understands its educational mission as the task of preserving the visibility of the cultural context of remembrance and the media anthropological background as well as the discursive context of popular remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides for its audience. The materiality and the act of remembrance itself are focussed on by making these the very topic and issue of educational questions. This is achieved on the one hand via academic debate and reasoning, on the other by testing the issue in various contexts by experiment. The latter takes place in the framework of “Interventions in Public Spaces”, involving especially artists and writers.




Echoes, memories, and aftereffects – resonances – are usually laden with emotion, sentimental and individual. The aim of this event series is therefore to cultivate anew a conversation beyond the today much discussed ‘echo chambers’ of social media and to offer a space for mutual thought and reflection – in other words for resonating – at the intersection of living memory, collective memory, and scholarly analysis: Different aspects of, approaches to, and perspectives on the research areas of the VWI will be sounded out here; intergenerational conversations will be enabled; questioning, ruminating, and doubting will be allowed – borrowing freely from the words of Bertolt Brecht and Marcel Reich-Ranicki: “Curtains closed and all the questions open.”


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The Holocaust Museum in Sweden and Holocaust Memorial Museums as Role Models for a Globalised Memory Culture

Wednesday, 13. October 2021, 18:30 - 20:00

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, Research Lounge, 1010 Vienna, Rabensteig 3, 3rd Floor


Last year marked the 75th anniversary since the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. It has also been twenty years since the first international forum on the Holocaust was organised in Stockholm, which led to the instigation both of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the Swedish authority Forum for Living History. Many survivors are today quite old and will soon not be able to tell about their experiences. At the same time, antisemitic tendencies and other forms of racism as well as a widespread dissemination of conspiracy theories and disinformation are growing stronger all over the world.

As a result, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén has invited world leaders and organisations to a high-level summit in Malmö on 13 October to highlight remembrance of the Holocaust and the combatting of antisemitism in international cooperation. The ambition of the Government of Sweden is to strengthen the remembrance of the Holocaust, and it has therefore pledged to preserve and pass on the memory of the Holocaust by establishing a museum, which is set to open next year.
On the same day as the Forum, the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) will host two internationally renowned specialists who will speak about important questions concerning the memory of the Holocaust, the establishment of the Holocaust Museum in Sweden, and globalised memory culture.

Erika Aronowitsch, Forum for Living History in Stockholm:
To Remember and Learn from the Holocaust

Ljiljana Radonić, Austrian Academy of Sciences:
Holocaust Memorial Museums as Role Models for a Globalised Memory Culture.

The event will be moderated by Gerhard Baumgartner (DÖW).

Organized in cooperation with the Living History Forum, the Embassy of Sweden Vienna and the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)



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Please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 1.00 pm and bring your ID.

Due to the Coronavirus regulations, in-person participation are limited and the proceedings will be streamed live online:

The 3-G rules will be in effect. To assure the safety of all participants, we kindly request that you wear a FFP2 mask throughout the entire event. Please bring a photo ID.

By participating in this event, you agree to the publication of photos, videos, and audio recordings produced in the context of this event.

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