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The renewed conception of the Austrian national exhibition at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
January 2015 sees the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. To mark this occasion, the concept for the new Austrian national exhibition at the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau will be presented in the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna together with the work undertaken on the project so far and the terms and circumstances under which it is being carried out. more... From the Victim's Paradigm to a European Culture of Remembrance?
The National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism is seeking to hire a general contractor to plan the renovation work on Block 17 on the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial. The two-tier call to tender for this role has been open since 21 January 2015. more... Call to tender for the general contracting services for the renovation of Block 17 in Auschwitz
The National Fund is assisting the curatorial team in the search for objects as part of the preparatory work for the new Austrian exhibition at Auschwitz. Objects of particular interest include personal items, letters, day-to-day objects and similar. more... Appeal for items for the new Austrian exhibition at Auschwitz
Press Release, 30 April 2014 Team led by Hannes Sulzenbacher and Albert Lichtblau is commissioned with the redesign of the Austrian national exhibition at Auschwitz. Concept described as "directional" by the Board of Appraisal. more... "Far removed. Austria in Auschwitz"
On 10 April 2014 in Vienna's Palais Mollard, the National Fund presented the third volume of the series "Erinnerungen. Lebensgeschichten von Opfern des Nationalsozialismus" [Lives Remembered. Life Stories of Victims of National Socialism], which is devoted to the subject "exile in Africa". more... Report on the book presentation "Exile in Africa"
Lower Austria, Stockerau On 3 December 2014, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution rejected an application for in rem restitution of a property belonging to the Municipality of Stockerau in Stockerau. A settlement had been concluded regarding the property in 1948 in which the heirs of the original owner waived restitution in exchange for a payment of 55,000 Schilling. The Arbitration Panel did not assess this settlement to be extremely unjust in accordance with the Entschädigungsfondsgesetz ("General Settlement Fund Law" – GSF Law). more... Press Release Decision No. 1105/2014
Vienna, Großjedlersdorf I and Aspern On 3 December 2014, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution rejected an application for in rem restitution of properties in the cadastral districts (KG) Großjedlersdorf I and Aspern. The requested properties had, in part, been seized from the owners following the National Socialist assumption of power and were, in part, owned by the City of Vienna or the Republic of Austria on 17 January 2001. Two sets of restitution proceedings held for these properties had been concluded with a settlement in 1948. In the opinion of the Arbitration Panel, these settlements did not constitute an extreme injustice in accordance with the Entschädigungsfondsgesetz ("General Settlement Fund Law" – GSF Law). more... Press Release Decision No. 1101/2014
Vienna, Innere Stadt On 3 December 2014, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution rejected several applications for in rem restitution of properties in Vienna, Innere Stadt. The property was sold to the German Reich in 1938 by a bank in liquidation and passed into the ownership of the Republic of Austria in accordance with the State Treaty of 1955. The Arbitration Panel did not consider the sale of the property in 1938 to constitute a seizure as defined by the Entschädigungsfondsgesetz ("General Settlement Fund Law" – GSF Law) and therefore rejected the applications. more... Press Release Decision No. 1080/2014
Vienna, Nußdorf On 24 September 2014, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution rejected an application for in rem restitution of properties, parts of which were owned by the City of Vienna, in Vienna Nußdorf. The properties had already been restituted after 1945. more... Press Release Decision No. 1071/2014