Speeches & Letters

Highlights from the speeches.

Photos by Christian Wind ©

Moderator: Dr. Rubina Möhring, historian and journalist.

Dr. Johanna Rachinger, Director General of the Austrian National Library.

Dr. Karen Frostig, President and Artistic Director of The Vienna Project.

Chief Rabbi Chaim Eisenberg, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community Vienna.

Ernst Woller, Chairman of the Committee of Culture and Science for the City of Vienna.

Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Minister for Education and Women.

Margit Fischer: Welcome address and remembrance of the Honorable, Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of Austria (2006-2014).

Doron Rabinovici, on the topic “Who is a victim?”

Concluding remarks from historian, Prof. DDr. Oliver Rathkolb, University of Vienna and Rektor Dr. Gerald Bast, University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Excerpt from Sarközi family biography, written by Prof. Rudolf Sarközi, Chairman of the Kulturverein Österreichischer Roma, born in 1944 in the „gypsy“ Camp Lackenbach. Reading by his grandson, Alexander Sarközi. Courtesy of family archives.

Postcard from Berta Smetana, Jewish Austrian victim of the Shoah, deported to Auschwitz in 1942 with her 11 year old daughter, Sonja. Postcard sent to Berta’s daughter, Lucie, and read by her great great granddaughter, Faith Eliora Bayode aged 10. Reading of German text by Gilda Horvath. Courtesy of family archives, translated by Margret Vince.

Letter from Amalia Kohout about her son Josef Kohout, imprisoned for his homosexuality at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1939. Read by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer, U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)Reading of German text by Lui Fidelsberger. From US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Wilhelm Kroepfl http://www.ushmm.org/learn/timeline-of-events/1942-1945/letter-to-commandant-of-flossenbuerg-camp; translated by Margret Vince.

Letter from Moritz Frostig, Jewish Austrian victim of the Shoah, deported to Jungfernhof Concentration Camp in Riga in 1941, and shot by the Einsatzgruppen in the Bikernieki Forest. Reading by his great grandson, Kabren Frostig Levinson. Reading of German text by Ambassador Wolfgang Paul. Courtesy of family archives, translated by Ingrid MacGillis .

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