On June 21 at Vienna City Hall, Municipal Councilor Marcus Schober presented this year’s Leon Zelman Prize for Dialogue and Understanding to the Viennese initiative Shalom Alaikum, which helps refugees, on behalf of City Councilor for Culture Andreas Mailath-Pokorny. The first prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and donated by the City of Vienna.
From May 16 to 22, at the invitation of the Jewish Welcome Service in cooperation with the foreign service, a group from the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto visited Vienna to learn about the debate over the Holocaust and about modern Jewish life in the city.
Expelled Jewish citizens and their families visited Vienna from April 23 to 30. The group was invited and looked after by the Jewish Welcome Service Vienna. Also among the invitees was the blogger “Freud’s Butcher”, who commented on her impressions of Vienna, sometimes with humor.
At the end of March, the filmmaker Melissa Hacker presented the 76 minute-long documentary film “My Knees Were Jumping. Remembering The Kindertransports” in Vienna for the very first time. The author Doron Rabinovici spoke with the director in the Votivkino movie theater.
The Jewish Welcome Service Vienna hosted a group of first and second generation Jews from Vienna from 18 to 25 September. The group consisted of fifty people, including many children and grandchildren.
A total of 30 people from the USA, Canada, England, Israel, Argentina and Norway visited Vienna from November 6 to13 at the invitation of the Jewish Welcome Service. For the first time, the visitors were exclusively relatives of the second generation of Holocaust survivors.