Entries by agnieszka

Yitzhak Herzog replaces Reuven Rivlin as President of Israel

The election is over: On Wednesday, Yitzhak (Isaac) Herzog (60) was elected by the Knesset to succeed Reuven Rivlin as president of Israel. The former leader of the Awoda Labor Party won by 87 votes to 26 against teacher and activist Miriam Peretz (67). Herzog will take office on July 9. Isaac Herzog, who has […]


Anti-Semitism Reporting Office of the IKG Vienna presents Annual Report 2020. In total, the IKG’s anti-Semitism reporting office received 585 reports in the previous year. This is “a negative record,” as IKG Secretary General Benjamin Nägele emphasizes in the report of the reporting office presented Monday evening, or as IKG President Oskar Deutsch puts it: […]

Yom haAtzmaut – Israel celebrates Independence Day for the 73rd time.

On 5 Ilyar 5708 (May 14, 1948), Israel declared its independence. Since 1949, Yom haAtzmaut, Independence Day, has been celebrated on the 5th of Ilyar. Israel’s Independence Day, which this year began Wednesday evening, immediately follows Memorial Day for the Fallen of Israel’s wars. The celebrations traditionally start the night before with a central commemoration […]

Yom Hazikaron Memorial Day

On the evening of April 13, 2021, the eve of Yom Hazikaron, which this year falls on April 14, the residents of Israel will once again bow their heads in mourning to honor their 23,928 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of war and terrorism. At 8:00 p.m., a minute-long siren will sound throughout the country. […]

Conspiracy myths and Anti-Semitism are closely related

As in 2018, National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka had IFES and DEMOX conduct a study on anti-Semitism in 2020. For this purpose, 2,000 people across Austria were surveyed by telephone or online. According to the results, anti-Semitism decreased compared to 2018 – however, as Sobotka, but also Eva Zeglovits (IFES) and Thomas Stern (Braintrust) emphasized […]

The “Jewish Central Archive” of Burgenland was transferred to the archive of the Jewish Community (IKG)

On February 24, 2021, the “Jewish Central Archive” of Burgenland was transferred from the Provincial Archives in Eisenstadt to the Archives of the Jewish Community (IKG) in Vienna. In total, there are 459 archive cartons with documents of the former seven Jewish religious communities of Burgenland, the Sheva Kehilot, whose legal successor is the IKG […]