Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust-Studies (VWI)

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Short Description

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is active in three central fields. Its documentation activity centres on its collections, the Holocaust-related parts of the IKG archive, which are on loan to the institute, and the estate of Simon Wiesenthal with its extensive holdings on Nazi perpetrators, as well as the VWI library. On the basis of these collections, which are either owned by or accessible at the institute, the VWI conducts its research activities in the form of projects and the initiation of publications.

The fellowship programme is central to research at the VWI. It builds on the recommendations, suggestions, and initiatives made by the International Academic Board both in content and concept and in the selection of the fellows. The programme is flexible and open to the free research scene, and engages in intensive and on-going exchange with researchers in other institutions, thus ensuring constant scholarly innovation and consideration of new questions and innovative methods.

Education is the VWI’s third pillar. This aspect reflects the institute’s dedication to the central idea of the European enlightenment: the education of responsible adults based on the transfer of knowledge. Scholarly lectures and events are designed to encourage the broad public into confronting antisemitism, racism, the Holocaust, and genocide via the presentation of important research results on these subjects. However, it is also important to develop, expand, and test new, even experimental concepts: The VWI also stages exhibitions and artistic installations, initiates interventions in the public sphere, and is developing new internet projects and putting new teaching methods and teaching aids up for discussion in the context of scholarly discussions.

Research Services

library, archive, museum, public lectures and interventions, academic workshops and conferences, international fellowship program

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

interdisciplinary research, historical documentation, educational work, interventions in public space

Wiener Wiesenthal Institut (VWI)
Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)
Rabensteig 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43-1-890-15-14-0
Fax: +43-1-253-30-33-4069

Tuesday: 2pm-6pm
Thursday: 10am-2pm
Phone: +43-1-890-15-14-300

Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm
Please first contact the archive to arrange a visit.
Phone: +43-1-890-15-14-400

Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
(closed on holidays)
Phone: +43-1-890-15-14-160
Documentation Centre of the Association of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime (BJVN – Simon Wiesenthal Archiv)
Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)
Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna (IfZG)
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
Jewish Community of Vienna (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, IKG)
Jewish Museum Vienna (JMW)
Verein _erinnern.at_
Centre for Jewish Cultural History at the University of Salzburg
Duration: 2014-2018
Director of Research: Éva Kovács
Research team: Andrea Dunai, Sandro Fasching, Kinga Frojimovics, Tom Juncker, Éva Kovács, Enikő Meisterics, Philipp Rohrbach
Translations: Andrea Dunai, Amália Kerekes und Katalin Teller
Sponsor/ project partner: Foundation "Erinnerung. Verantwortung und Zukunft", Ádám Kerpel-Fronius

Project management: Philipp Rohrbach, Adina Seeger
Concept: Philipp Rohrbach, Adina Seeger, Martin Engelmeier with the support of Linda Erker and Matthias Kopp
Scientific Advisor: Albert Lichtblau
Project sponsor: Verein GEDENKDIENST – Verein für historisch-politische Bildungsarbeit und internationalen Dialog
Project partners: Verein, Leo Baeck Institute New York (LBI New York), Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem (LBI Jerusalem), Zentrum für jüdische Kulturgeschichte (ZJK), Vienna Wiesenthal Institute (VWI)
S:I.M.O.N. is an e-journal of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI). It appears twice a year in English and German language. S:I.M.O.N. aims at both a transnational and comparative history of the Holocaust and Jewish Studies in Central and Eastern Europe within the broader contexts of the European history of the 20th and 21st century, including its prehistory, consequences and legacies as well as the history of memory.

S:I.M.O.N. serves as a forum for discussion of various methodological approaches. The journal especially wishes to strengthen the exchange between researchers from different scientific communities and to integrate both the Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust into the different “national” narratives. It also lays a special emphasis on memory studies and the analysis of politics of memory. S:I.M.O.N. uses a double-blind review system, which means that both the reviewer’s and the author’s identities are concealed from each other hroughout the review process.

Shoah: The journal deals with the history of the Shoah from multidisciplinary, transnational and comparative perspectives. It seeks to integrate studies on Jews as well as on other groups of victims of the Holocaust, especially on Roma, and of so far less researched regions of (East) Central and (South) Eastern Europe.

Intervention. The journal reports on research projects and their transmission into public events. It also informs about current educational and remembrance programs.

Methods. The journal serves as a forum for the discussion of methodological approaches as, for instance, the everyday history, oral history, gender history, the history of violence, anti-Semitism and racism and the theory of memory and memory politics.

DocumentatiON. The journal contributes to critical approaches on using and interpreting archival materials in the 21st century.