President Shim'on Peres opened his state visit to Austria, Sunday, with a memorial observance to victims of the Holocaust at a monument in their memory in Vienna's Judenplatz. Noting the fall of the city's Jewish population from 175,000 before the Holocaust to its current 5,000, Peres said, "The State of Israel is our victory. A fortress of triumph against the dark hand of the Nazis. A home to the memory of our six million brothers and sisters. A promise to the survivors of the horrors. A hope for the future of the Jewish People. Let this be a warning to us and to posterity. We may not weaken for a single moment our common effort to uproot hatred and strife. To convert sword and war into brotherhood and friendship between peoples. To replace ruin and destruction with redemption and Tikkun Olam, bettering the world."