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Vienna Jewish Museum Contains Looted Objects, Officials Say

Thursday, February 21st, 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 review of the artifacts found 490 objects and more than 980 books that may have been stolen from Jewish owners, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

“For historic reasons, people did not see themselves responsible for investigating the collection referring to provenance,” Christian Kircher, a member of the museum’s board, told the newspaper. “This attitude changed completely during the last few years.”

Museum officials said that researching the origin of Judaica can be quite difficult, given the few identifying markers and the fact that most Jewish institutions that existed before the Holocaust were destroyed. They also cited the lack of funds for such research.

“Our situation is not comparable to any other museum in Austria,” said Danielle Spera, who became the museum director in 2010.

“Anything that was acquired illegally ought to be returned,” she told the Austrian Der Standard daily last month. “There will not be a hint of hesitation.”

Vienna Drops Anti-Semitic Mayor’s Name from Major Avenue

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The AP has reported that the City of Vienna will rename a section of the fashionable Ring Avenue named after Dr. Karl Lueger, Vienna’s mayor from 1897 to 1910. Lueger was a renowned anti-Semite. One resident of Vienna, a failed postcard artist named Adolf Hitler, said he was inspired by Lueger’s public Jew hatred.

Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring Avenue will be renamed Universiaetsring, after the city’s university which stretches along that section. This despite the fact that Vienna’s schools of higher education could easily match the old mayor’s zeal for ant-Semitism.

Mayor Lueger could qualify among those anti-Semites who say, “Some of my best friends are Jews.” He did, in fact, had Jewish friends, and joked that he didn’t consider them to be Jewish. He once declared, “I decide who is a Jew.”

Vienna counselor for culture Andreas Mailath-Pokorny said Vienna “should not act as if there were no dark spots” in its history.

For that they would have to rename every street and alley in tow, plus much of the countryside…

UN Nuclear Inspectors Plan Return Visit to Iran

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Wednesday that it plans to send another inspection team to Iran “in the very near future,” and indicated that progress has been made on obtaining greater transparency from Iran on its nuclear program.

Herman Nackaerts, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told reporters upon landing in Vienna that  his inspection team “had three days of intensive discussions about all our priorities, and we are committed to resolve all the outstanding issues. And the Iranians said the are committed, too . . . But, of course, there’s still a lot of work to be done, so we have planned another trip in the very near future.”

When asked if he was satisfied with the three-day trip, Nackaerts said “yeah, we had a good trip,”  but he refrained from providing specifics.

 

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/un-nuclear-inspectors-plan-return-visit-to-iran/2012/02/01/

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