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Austria hosts European Conference on Antisemitism

Summit brings together organizations fighting antisemitism to network, further cooperation and increase reporting of incidents.

Austria hosts European Conference on Antisemitism

Four Holocaust survivors awarded first Simon Wiesenthal Prize

2021 prize awarded to Lily Ebert, Zwi Nigal, Karl Pfeifer and Liliana Segre for dedication to Holocaust education and fighting antisemitism.

Four Holocaust survivors awarded first Simon Wiesenthal Prize

Historic Austrian synagogue reopens as cultural center

Renovated 19th century synagogue of Kobersdorf to be used as a Jewish cultural center for lectures, conferences and concerts.

Historic Austrian synagogue reopens as cultural center

Austria closes restitution fund for victims of the Nazis

Austria has closed a $215 million fund that offered compensation to victims of the Nazis.

Austria closes restitution fund for victims of the Nazis

Remembering the Anschluss - March 12, 1938

The WJC appealed to the League of Nations to come to the aid of Austrian Jewry, “exposed completely to Nazi barbarism.” No response.Op-ed.

Remembering the Anschluss - March 12, 1938

Austrian Chancellor apologizes for Holocaust

Yair Lapid marks International Holocaust Day at Mauthausen concentration camp, where his grandfather was murdered.

Austrian Chancellor apologizes for Holocaust crimesplayer

Lapid to visit Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria

Israeli Foreign Minister to visit Austrian concentration camp ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Lapid to visit Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria

Austrian artist under fire after posting Star of David made of syringes on Facebook

Two Austrian cities remove statues created by prominent artist who posted Star of David made of syringes.

Austria: Artist under fire for posting Star of David of syringes

WWE accidentally rebrands Austrian wrestler with Nazi name

Attempt to rebrand Austrian wrestler for American market falls flat when WWE learns that the name "Gunther Stark" belonged to a Nazi.

WWE accidentally rebrands Austrian wrestler with Nazi name

Austria approves vaccine mandate for adults

Austria’s parliament votes in favor of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults aged 18 and over starting February 1.

Austria approves vaccine mandate for adults

Watch: Large protest in Vienna against mandatory vaccination

Protesters take to the streets as Austria plans to mandate COVID vaccination.

Watch: Large protest in Vienna against mandatory vaccination

Sebastian Kurz joins Euro. Council on Tolerance & Reconciliation

Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was appointed today co-Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation

Sebastian Kurz joins Euro. Council on Tolerance & Reconciliation

Bennett, Austrian Chancellor hold first conversation

Bennett speaks to Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, invites him to visit Israel.

Bennett, Austrian Chancellor hold first conversation

Austrian interior minister urged to step down over past 'anti-Semitic rhetoric'

Jewish student union of Austria and other leaders calling for resignation of new interior minister accused of past anti-Semitic statement.

Austrian interior minister urged to step down over past comment

Austria: Tens of thousands march to protest lockdown, vaccine mandate

Nearly 40,000 demonstrators march in Vienna to protest Austrian government's new COVID lockdown, plans to impose vaccine mandate.

Austria: Tens of thousands march against lockdown, vax mandateplayer

Austria announces: Tourists banned from entering until December

Parallel to lockdown on unvaccinated citizens, Austrian government says tourists won't be allowed entry until mid-December.

Austria announces: Tourists banned from entering until December

Austria returns to full nationwide COVID lockdown, make vaccines mandatory

Days after imposing lockdown on the unvaccinated, Austria to lockdown entire population, including fully vaccinated.

Austria returns to total nationwide lockdown, vaccine mandate

Austria imposes lockdown on the unvaccinated

Austria's new chancellor announces new, selective lockdown, targeting people 12 and up who are not vaccinated against COVID.

2 million unvaccinated Austrians to face lockdown

Massive cache of weapons seized from alleged Austrian neo-Nazis

Austrian police have arrested the owners of a massive cache of firearms, over a ton of ammunition, and a collection of Nazi memorabilia.

Massive cache of weapons seized from alleged Austrian neo-Nazis player

Austria opens its first memorial listing names of Jews killed in the Holocaust

Vienna public memorial lists the names of all 64,440 Austrian Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.

Austria opens memorial listing Jews killed in the Holocaust

Israeli minister: 'COVID-19 became a weapon to weaponize Jews as scapegoat'

At Austria’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Vienna, Diaspora Min. Nachman Shai warns against rising tide of anti-Semitism.

'COVID-19 became a weapon to weaponize Jews as scapegoat'

Austrian chancellor: Israel's concerns on Iran are understandable

Austria's new Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg says negotiations with Iran only option to deal with country's nuclear program;

Austrian chancellor: Israel's concerns on Iran understandable

Austria: Syrian man sent to jail for anti-Semitic attacks

Austrian court hands a 32-year-old Syrian a three-year jail term for vandalizing a synagogue and other anti-Semitic attacks.

Austria: Syrian man sent to jail for anti-Semitic attacks

28-year-old Austrian MP collapses during speech in parliament

MP Eva-Maria Holzleitner faints while giving speech at Austrian parliament.

28-year-old Austrian MP collapses during speech in parliamentplayer

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigns

Austrian Chancellor steps down amidst several corruption investigations.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigns

Austrian Chancellor cancels visit to Israel

The move follows reports that Sebastian Kurz has been questioned in recent days on suspicion of corruption.

Austrian Chancellor cancels visit to Israel

Austria: Chancellor Kurz's office party raided by prosecutors

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his party accused of bribery to get favorable polls published.

Austria: Chancellor Kurz's office raided by prosecutors

New Austrian exhibit opens at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Exhibit revises original 1978 display to tell of the "involvement of Austrians as perpetrators and helpers in the crimes committed there."

New Austrian exhibit opens at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Saving lives - even while on vacation abroad

Israeli paramedic on vacation in Vienna saves woman's life after electric scooter accident.

Saving lives - even while on vacation abroad

40th anniversary of terror attack on Vienna synagogue commemorated

1981 attack during bar mitzvah killed two congregants and wounded 18 others.

40th anniversary of terror attack on Vienna shul commemorated

Simon Wiesenthal Prize honors individuals fighting anti-Semitism

New prize, created by the Austrian parliament, will also be awarded for a commitment to Holocaust education.

Simon Wiesenthal Prize honors individuals fighting anti-Semitism

Austrian town to remove memorial to three Waffen SS soldiers

Town of Imst planning to remove a memorial to three soldiers who were members of the Waffen SS during World War II.

Austrian town to remove memorial to three Waffen SS soldiers

Watch: Belarusian sprinter seeking asylum in Austria

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left for Vienna following reports of 'security concerns' over previous plan to travel to Poland.

Watch: Belarusian sprinter seeking asylum in Austriaplayer

Austria joining eight others in boycotting upcoming Durban IV conference

September event in NYC will mark 20th anniversary of original UN Durban conference, widely lambasted for its descent into anti-Semitism.

Austria joining eight others in boycotting upcoming Durban IV

Austrian soldier imprisoned for showing photos of swastika tattoo on testicle

29-year-old soldier in Austria gets 19 months in prion for posting pictures online of a Nazi tattoo on genitals.

Austrian soldier imprisoned over swastika tattoo on genitals

Austrian Chancellor congratulates Israel's new government

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: Austria is committed to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

Austrian Chancellor congratulates Israel's new government

Austrian Chancellor thanks Netanyahu for COVID-19 warning

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz thanks PM Netanyahu for alerting him to the dangers of COVID-19, prompting him to take swift action.

Austrian Chancellor thanks Netanyahu for COVID-19 warningplayer

Austria: Passenger beaten for complaining about Holocaust denial

Passenger on Austrian train punched repeatedly in the face after he asked fellow passengers to stop denying the Holocaust.

Austria: Passenger beaten for complaining about Holocaust denial

Iran's FM cancels visit to Austria over its support for Israel

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, cancels visit to Vienna over Austria's show of solidarity with Israel.

Iran's FM cancels visit to Austria over its support for Israel

Anti-Israel protesters in Vienna chant about a massacre of Jews

'Jews, the army of Muhammad is returning,' anti-Israel protesters chant in Austria.

Anti-Israel protesters in Vienna chant about a massacre of Jews