Restitution in Austria – From the Collection Agencies to the Arbitration Panel
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the so-called “collection agencies.” Concealed behind them is one of the most far-reaching restitution measures for victims of National Socialism, which Austria committed itself to in the Independence Treaty of 1955. Up until 1969, the collection agencies laid claim to thousands of illegally seized properties, business operations, securities, as well as other assets and earned over 300 million shillings, which were used for individual persecutees and collective social purposes. The activities of the collection agencies and their committed director, Dr. Georg Weis, have almost been forgotten today.
In the scope of the event, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution, which repeatedly deals with the collection agencies in their decisions, also presents Volume 7 of their book series Entscheidungen der Schiedsinstanz für Naturalrestitution. The evening thus examines two main institutions of Austrian restitution policy after 1945.
MMag. Dr. Michael Wladika, attorney and historian, provenance researcher at the Wien Museum and at Leopold Museum, co-wrote with Margot Werner Die Tätigkeiten der Sammelstellen (Veröffentlichungen der Österreichischen Historikerkommission, Vol. 28), Vienna/Munich: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 2004.
Mag. Martin Niklas, historian and employee of the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution, wrote among others, „... die schönste Stadt der Welt“. Österreichische Jüdinnen und Juden in Theresienstadt (Schriftenreihe des DÖW zur Geschichte der NS-Gewaltverbrechen, Band 7), Vienna: DÖW, 2009.
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Free admission as of 6:45 p.m.
Photo © Dr. Georg Weis, Director of the Collection Agencies A and B; cover of Volume 7 of the book series Schiedsinstanz für Naturalrestitution.