November Pogroms commemorated in Vienna

A silent commemoration was held in front of the Stadttempel synagogue in Vienna, in honour of the 82nd anniversary of the November Pogroms.

The Stadttempel was the only synagogue that was not destroyed in the Pogrom in Vienna. The President of the Jewish community of Vienna (IKG), Oskar Deutsch, together with the President of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP), Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens), Minister for the EU and the constitution at the Austrian Chancellery Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) lay four wreaths of white roses in front of the memorial for the Austrian victims of the Shoah.

“Our mission is to never forget,to draw the necessary conclusions from these terrible events and consistently take action against hatred, violence, discrimination and the increasing antisemitism in any form – we owe that much to the victims of National Socialism,” said National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka after the ceremony.

“Commemoration is a service to the future,” added Oskar Deutsch, “By remembering the Shoah, we honour the victims. We give them back their dignity. But we do this above all for our children and for future generations, because as Primo Levi described it: ‘It happened, and therefore it can happened again ‘. ”

The ceremony took place just a few metres from the place where the first of four people was killed in an Islamist terror attack on 2 November 2020. Passers-by gathered in front of a sea of candle paying tribute to the victims of the attack.

The November pogroms are among the darkest chapters in Austrian history. 82 years ago, by order of the Nazi regime, Jewish citizens and their shops, prayer rooms and synagogues were attacked and destroyed. 400 people were killed that night alone.


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