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Israelitische Kultusgemeinde, Vienna (Fond 707)

Document | Accession Number: 1993.A.0085.1.27 | RG Number: RG-11.001M.27

Contains various records related to the administration and activities of the Jewish Community in Vienna: minutes of meetings, statements, cashbooks, tax tables, election reports, lists of Vienna Synagogues, correspondence and letters, and reports. Included are materials on Jewish emigration from archives of HICEM (see also Fond 740), lists of Jewish emigrants form Austria, Poland, Latvia, and the Soviet Union, personal documents of emigrants, bulletins on emigration conditions for Jews from Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Poland, maps and statistical survey of the Jewish population and Jewish emigration form Austria. There are also various documents of Library of the Jewish religious community of Vienna: manuscripts, bibliographic indexes, directories, dictionaries, essays, lectures, dissertations and articles. The collection includes a large number of Hebrew manuscripts, the Torah written in Sephardic script from fifteen century, a medical manuscript, in Sephardic script (XV century), pages form the kabalistic manuscript, written in Oriental script (XVII century), and other manuscripts of Karaite origin. There are also numerous nineteen-entry handmade copies of older manuscripts, a variety of Ashkenazic Hebrew manuscripts from eighteen and nineteen centuries, Hasidic and halakhic works by rabbis of the Schneerson dynasty (Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Shmuel Schneerson, Sholem Dov Ber Schneerson, Yosef Yitzkhok Schneerson). The collection also contains printed publications: a pamphlet with report by Alfred Stern on the founding of the Jewish religious community of Vienna and analyzing of the religious community’s system of governance as well as the rights and duties of its members; glossaries for the school edition of M. Abraham’s fable “Le-yelodeinu” (For our children). The collection also contains a set of the Hebrew-language newspapers “Hatsefirah” and “Hamagid”, and clippings from those and other newspapers.

Selected records relate to Jewish emigration from Austria, including meeting minutes, statistical reports, and charts on demographics of Jews; reports from Jewish organizations in Switzerland explaining the country's inability to assist would-be emigrants; a report on the refuge situation in Poland as of August 1, 1939; explanations and charts showing requirements for emigration, as decreed by the Gestapo's Amt IVB4, Central Organization for Jewish Emigration; 1940 articles on the course of emigration from Vienna; and a memo from the Jewish Community in Vienna to Budapest concerning money provided by Vienna to support Jewish emigration.

Note: USHMM Archives holds only selected records.

Alternate Title
Jewish Religious Community of Vienna
inclusive:  1782-1940
bulk:  1933-1940
1 microfilm reel (partial) ; 16 mm.
449 digital images : JPEG.
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Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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