PDF Subscribe


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.



By Year By Month By Week Today Search Jump to month
Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Miriam Rürup: Das Recht der Rechtlosen. Perspektiven auf Staatenlosigkeit nach 1945

Thursday, 19. January 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

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


Heimatlose, Displaced Persons, ApatrideBegriffe, die versuchten, eine zentrale Erfahrung des 20. Jahrhunderts zu fassen: Staatenlosigkeit. Gerade als staatsbürgerliche Zugehörigkeit zunehmend bedeutsam wurde, erfuhren nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg viele Menschen erstmals die mit der Staatenlosigkeit verbundene Schutzlosigkeit. Lösungsversuche aus der Zwischenkriegszeit wie der Nansen-Pass bildeten die Blaupause, nach der auch nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg versucht wurde, das Problem anzugehen. Die ‚heimatlosen’ Displaced Persons nach 1945 führten das Problem der Staatenlosigkeit am drängendsten vor Augen, nicht weniger spannungsgeladen war jedoch die rechtliche Lage der ausgebürgerten, ehemals deutschen Juden. Die Politik der Alliierten schwankte dabei zwischen Repatriierung und Anerkennung des Selbstbestimmungsrechtes auf nationale Zugehörigkeit – zu dem im Umkehrschluss auch die Nichtzugehörigkeit gehören musste. Um dieses Spannungsfeld soll es in dem Vortrag gehen.

Miriam Rürup ist Direktorin des Instituts für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden in Hamburg. Zuvor arbeitete sie am Deutschen Historischen Institut in Washington, DC sowie als Assistentin an der Universität Göttingen. Jüngste Publikationen: The Citizen and its Other: Zionist and Israeli Responses to Statelessness, in: Leo Baeck Institute Year Book (2014) sowie Das Geschlecht der Staatenlosen. Staatenlosigkeit in der Bundesrepublik nach 1945, in: Journal of Modern European History (2016) 3.

53 Ruerup WEB Cover


March 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is funded by:


bmbwf en 179


wienkultur 179


 BKA Logo srgb