The coronavirus pandemic meant that the visitor program, a focal point of the work done by the JWS, had to be canceled or heavily curtailed in the past two years. In May, a group of 30 people was hosted in Vienna. This marked a pleasing restart of this program.
A group of 30 Jews visited Vienna from May 15 to 22 at the invitation of the Jewish Welcome Service. The guests came from the USA, Israel, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. They included not only members of the “second generation”, but also the Holocaust survivors Diana Zelig (AUS), Silvia and Peter Last (USA) as well as Harry Kessler (UK). In addition to visits to important memorial sites, central places of Jewish life in Vienna, biographical research trips, and an invitation to Vienna City Hall, a number of members of the group recounted their fates to Vienna’s media.