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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

Simon Wiesenthal Lectures


The Simon Wiesenthal Lecture series has been held in collaboration with the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) and the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna since 2007, when the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) was still being established. As an important aspect of the task of education on recent academic insights in the fields of Holocaust research and genocide studies, the lecture series has developed into the VWI's education flagship.


The lectures take place every six to eight weeks, with renowned scholars presenting the most recent research insights on the Holocaust to a professional audience as well as a broader public. They showcase the impressive spectrum of this discipline, its numerous questions and issues ranging from empirical-analytical historiography to topics of cultural scholarship, and involve young scholars as well as established academics.


The Austrian State Archive as our co-operation partner has since June 2010 provided us with the perfect location for our lectures: the rooftop foyer of the “Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv” at Minoritenplatz in Vienna. This location at the rear façade of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria is symbolic of the reappraisal of the Holocaust in Austria: After all, this history had been marginalised for decades, just like its immediate historical antecedent, Austrian antisemitism, was cut out of history, its appraisal shoved aside for victims and their descendants to deal with. This has only changed in recent times. The Shoah has simultaneously been moving ever closer to the centre of Austrian historical awareness. It has slowly emerged from the repressed periphery and out of the realm of taboo and silence and into the focus of understanding of Austria’s most recent history. Thus, the Simon Wiesenthal Lectures are held at a place that represents the symbolic and real centre of the Republic and is at the same time also an instance of this turn in the Austrian perception of its own history.



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Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Dominik J. Schaller: Zwischen Trauma und Leugnung: Der Völkermord an den Armeniern im Ersten Weltkrieg

Thursday, 23. April 2015, 18:30 - 20:00

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


Nur wenige historische Ereignisse sind so umstritten wie der Völkermord an den Armeniern. Nicht nur die Geschichtswissenschaft beschäftigt sich mit der Interpretation der Geschehnisse 1915. Der Mord an den anatolischen Armeniern durch die Jungtürken ist zu einem Politikum geworden, das Parlamente ebenso wie Gerichte weltweit beschäftigt. Woher rührt die Brisanz dieser Thematik, die auch nach hundert Jahren emotional und kontrovers diskutiert wird? Und weshalb streitet die Türkei den Tatbestand des Völkermords noch immer hartnäckig ab? Der Vortrag wird die historischen Ursachen erörtern, den Gang der Geschehnisse aus einer objektiven Perspektive darlegen und unterschiedliche Deutungen besprechen. Die Darlegung der globalhistorischen Bedeutung dieses Ereignisses – insbesondere die Diskussion um die Vergleichbarkeit mit dem Holocaust – rundet den Vortrag ab.


Dominik J. Schaller ist Dozent für Neuere Geschichte am Historischen Seminar der Universität Heidelberg. Er befasst sich mit Genozidforschung, Kolonialgeschichte und der Geschichte Afrikas. Er war Herausgeber des Journal of Genocide Research und war als Berater für das Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide der UNO tätig. Zur Thematik hat er folgende Sammelbände veröffentlicht: Der Völkermord an den Armeniern und die Shoah (Zürich, 2002), Late Ottoman Genocides. The Dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and Young Turkish Population and Extermination Policies (London, 2009).


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