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Vienna Jewish Museum Contains Looted Objects, Officials Say

12 Adar 5773 – February 21, 2013
Officials from the Jewish Museum of Vienna said that hundreds of objects in the museum’s possession were looted from Jewish families during the Holocaust. A...

More Beautiful than Everest

29 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Last week, I drove with my wife toward the coastline to do a little seaside touring. As we were driving there, she mentioned that someone in her family was going for a vacation to Austria. “Austria?” I blurted, nearly losing control of the wheel. “Why would any Jew in Israel want to go to Austria?”

Iranian Money Laundering Network Running through Vienna

16 Heshvan 5773 – November 1, 2012
Stop the Bomb, a European coalition which works towards the enactment of economic and political sanctions against the Iranian Islamist regime, has criticized the lack of action by the Austrian authorities.

Winners of “Face of the German Tourist” Contest Arrive in Israel

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
An Austrian couple is enjoying the sites in the Holy Land after winning an Israel Government Tourist Office competition for “the face of the German tourist in Israel.”

The Circumcision Debate in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

11 Av 5772 – July 30, 2012
Legal obligations and guarantees of human rights should be universally applied – but these should include mutual respect between religious and non-religious people, and members of differing religious communities. Germany would do well to examine thoroughly, respectfully and seriously, the beliefs of its Jewish and Muslim citizens about the circumcision of their sons, not to mention the unquestionable medical advantages.

Beyond Politics: Inspirational People of Israel

26 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
Unlike formulaic biographies from popular publishing houses in the Orthodox Jewish world, Beyond Politics is not predictable. The vignettes of individual men and women who trekked through Ethiopia and Sudan, flew in from Austria, India, and Algeria, or were born on Israeli soil are gritty, adventurous, and heartwarming.

The Purim Narrative At The Pardo Palace

4 Adar 5772 – February 27, 2012
Located about nine miles north of Madrid, the Palacio Real de El Pardo (Pardo Palace) dates back to the early 15th century. Devastated by a March 13, 1604 fire that claimed many works from its priceless art collection, the Pardo Palace and its vast gardens were used as a hunting ground by the Spanish monarchs.

‘Austria Will Never Forget What Happened To The Jews’: An Interview...

28 Elul 5770 – September 7, 2010
Daniel Retter's father, Marcus Retter, z"l, escaped from Vienna to England in 1938 on the Kindertransport. His father's parents and sister were deported from Vienna to Riga, where they were murdered by the Germans and Latvians. He says that since his father should have been the one asking some of the following questions, the interview is dedicated to his memory.

Cast Your Bread

3 Adar 5770 – February 17, 2010
My brother lives in Haifa. Despite his advanced age of 96, his mind is still sharp and his memory is keen. In a recent letter, he related the following episode. I was not aware of this incident since I was married and living in France when it happened.

The Man Who Won’t Let Nazis Die In Peace: An Interview...

22 Heshvan 5770 – November 8, 2009
Nazi hunting. Sounds like a glamorous job, but judging from Operation Last Chance, a new book by Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, catching Nazis is more grit than glamour.

Documenting Real Fiction

28 Elul 5767 – September 11, 2007
What role can a documentary film assume when facts cannot be agreed upon and truth is spelled with a lower case "t"?

Swastikas And Couches

5 Tishri 5767 – September 27, 2006
Edmund Engelman's photograph, Entrance of Berggasse in Vienna's 9th District with Number 19 in the Middle, unfolds like a Twilight Zone episode.

Advocate For The Jews Of Post-War Europe

22 Av 5766 – August 16, 2006
In Memory of Dr. Isaac Lewin, zt"l (11th Yahrzeit on 28 Menachem Av, 5766)

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