Researching and Restitution in the Austrian State Archives
Dr. Hubert Steiner, will speak about the Austrian State Archives and some of its holdings. Shortly after the Nazi occupation and annexation of Austria, a regulation on the declaration of Jewish property was enacted on April 26, 1938. These property registrations were the first steps in the systematic robbery of Jewish properties. Most of their files still exist and may be used for studying questions of economic or administrative history and also for genealogical research. After the end of Nazi rule in 1945, property restitution laws were implemented. Ten years later a process for compensation for victims of political persecution began, and in the 1950s and 1960s relief funds were established. These files, which contain many personal biographies, especially about how people escaped and started new lives in exile, can now be viewed in the Austrian State Archives.
Since 1990 Dr. Steiner has been responsible for the identification of the properties taken from Austrian Jews who lived in the Nazi era. He works closely with the National Fund for Victims of National Socialism and the drop-in centers of the Jewish community.
JGSNY members free; guests $5