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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is dedicated to the research, documentation of, and education on all issues related to antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust, including its origins and aftermath. The VWI is a non-profit association.


The VWI is conceived as a joint project by its supporting organisations:


  • the Documentation Centre of the Association of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime (BJVN – Simon Wiesenthal Archiv)
  • the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)
  • the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna (IfZG)
  • the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
  • the Jewish Community of Vienna (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, IKG)
  • the Jewish Museum Vienna (JMW)
  • OeAD-erinnern:at
  • the Centre for Jewish Cultural History at the University of Salzburg


The uppermost body, which includes all members of the association, is the general assembly. All far-reaching structural decisions are made at this assembly’s meetings. The Board of Directors, which is made up of seven members delegated by the General Assembly, takes all operative decisions.


The International Academic Advisory Board is also nominated by the General Assembly. It makes recommendations on all issues related to content, scholarship, and research to the Board of Directors, who have to realise these wherever possible, and may only refuse these for sound reasons. During the institute’s foundational phase, a task force was additionally established to act as a think tank, extending the open work situation of the institute’s foundational phase and providing a platform for the discussion of questions on content and organisation.


The management and the team are in charge of the day-to-day business at the institute, the library, and the archive, which is currently being established, including the digitalisation of the archive, as well as organising events. Together with the Research Programme Director, they also supervise the projects and the institute’s junior, research, and senior fellows.

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


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