Call to verify database of Austrian Holocaust victims for Wall of Names Memorial

Ahead of the construction of the Shoah Wall of Names Memorial in Vienna, the Documentation Centre of the Austrian Resistance (DÖW), is calling on the descendants and relatives of Austrian Holocaust victims to consult its database to ensure that no name is forgotten.

The DÖW has been conducting research on the names of Austrian Holocaust victims for decades and its database will be relied upon during the construction of the memorial.

The names and dates available on the database are all based on information in official documents. The list of victims of the Holocaust includes former Austrian citizens and permanent residents and people who lived in Austria for more than 10 years. Therefore, it is possible that Austrian victims who were were arrested and deported abroad may not be included in the current database.

In addition, any variation in the spelling of names may have arisen due to the different spelling of names used in the Habsburg monarchy by Hungarian, Slavic-speaking and German authorities. The spelling used by DÖW is based on the last valid spelling in the Austrian documents.

The documentation archive asks relatives and descendants of Austrian Holocaust victims to send their information directly to the DÖW to the email address: [email protected]

Any additions corrections submitted by the deadline of August 10, 2020 will be considered for the Shoah Wall of Names Memorial. Victims registered after the deadline of will still be registered on another stele of the memorial.

The Shoah Wall of Names Memorial was initiated by Austrian-Canadian artist and Holocaust survivor Kurt Tutter and by the “Association for the Erection of a Shoah Wall of Names Memorial”. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Austria Federal and State governments, the city of Vienna, the Austrian National Bank, the National Fund of the Republic of Austria and the DÖW under the patronage of the President of the Austrian National Council.


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