(1926 - 2007)
Raul Hilberg, who established himself as the preeminent scholar of the Holocaust, died in Vermont at the age of 81. Born in Vienna, he left Austria with his parents one year after the Anschluss, narrowly escaping the Holocaust at the age of 13. The family fled first to Cuba, then to New York City.
“Mozart - His Life in Letters”
While the whole world knows Mozart the genius, the person Mozart remains strangely enigmatic and difficult to grasp. What was Mozart, the child, the man, the human being like - in his everyday life, in his relationships? Gloria Kaiser, a writer living in Austria and Brazil, does not attempt to answer these questions by writing just another biography. Instead, she allows Mozart to speak for himself through his correspondence which she has analyzed in meticulous archival work. Her book, Mozart - Perspectives from his Correspondence, which was recently presented at the Embassy of Austria in cooperation with the “American-Austrian Society,” not only traces the development of Mozart’s personality but also gives an idea of life in 18th century Europe.
Georg Eisler Exhibit at La Jolla’s Athenaeum
Austrian P.E.N. Conference in Taos Ski Valley
The Delights of Austrian Wine
Dr. Michael Häupl holding a handful of grapes
Austrian wine has clearly become more popular in the USA over the past ten years. Due to its unique and interesting characteristics it has received very high ratings from wine critics and sommeliers alike. Representatives of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board and the Austrian Tourist Office, as well as an Austrian wine broker, talked with Austrian Information about the primary reasons for this increased interest in Austrian wine and their current marketing strategies.
Pioneering Transatlantic Education
An Interview with Dr. Gordon “Nick” Mueller
by Hannes Richter
Some 30 years ago Dr. Gordon “Nick” Mueller launched the University of New Orleans Summer School at the University of Innsbruck, which contributed significantly to a close cooperation between the universities and cities of Innsbruck and New Orleans. Dr. Mueller, also current President and CEO of the National World War II Museum - one of New Orleans’ main attractions - talked with Austrian Information about the different stations of his career, his current responsibilities in New Orleans two years after Hurricane Katrina and his strong ties with Innsbruck, Austria.
Sensational Archive Discovery of the Vienna Jewish Community
Leon Zelman (1928 – 2007)
A Life in Service of Remembrance
Leon Zelman, Holocaust survivor, passed away in Vienna on July 11 at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness. As co-founder and head of the Jewish Welcome Service, he was a bridge-builder and exceptional figure, and he left behind a lasting legacy as a passionate architect of reconciliation.
Born in 1928 in Szczekociny, Poland, Zelman survived the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Mauthausen-Ebensee. He was liberated in May 1945 by U.S. forces and came to Vienna in 1946. After graduating from secondary school, Leon Zelman began to study journalism at Vienna University, completing his doctorate in 1954. In 1963, Austria’s leading tour operator, Österreichisches Verkehrsbüro, entrusted Leon Zelman with the task of managing the City Travel Agency to develop Austrian tourism to and from Israel.