Austrian Memory Service

The Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (in German , Gedenkdienst ) is an alternative military service Austrian . The service’s servers help important institutions that are dedicated to the Holocaust .


The Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service began with the political scientist Innsbruck ( Tyrol , Austria ) Andreas Maislinger , who took the basic idea of the German action “Atonement Test Action” ( Aktion Sühnezeichen ). Maislinger worked freely without receiving a salary for that action in the museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau .

The purpose of the Austrian Memory Service is to teach survivors and the whole world that Austria has also partially blamed the Holocaust. And make us aware that we need to fight for “never again” to repeat the Holocaust (said by former Chancellor Franz Vranitzky , in Jerusalem , June 1993 ).

The Austrian Memory Service is a unique global network for Holocaust commemorative sites and museums, which wish to receive help in their historical archives, in libraries, etc. Since 1992 almost 100 servers of the Austrian memory service, almost all at the age of 20, have been working at Holocaust memorial sites. To regenerate this history of the past, instead of doing the service in your own country.

The association for the Austrian Service Abroad ( Auslandsdienst ) is authorized by the Austrian government to transmit servers from the Austrian memory service to partner organizations around the world.

Posts of the Austrian Service of the Memory


  • Berlin – Jewish Museum of Berlin
  • Moringen – KZ-Monument in Terhaus Moringen


  • Sofia – Schalom – Organization of Jews in Bulgaria


  • Montreal – Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Montreal – Kleinmann Family Foundation


  • Shanghai – Center of Jewish Studies

United States of America

  • Detroit – Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Houston – Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Los Angeles – Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • Los Angeles – Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
  • New York – Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Reno – Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies
  • Richmond – Virginia Holocaust Museum
  • San Francisco – Holocaust Center of Northern California
  • St. Petersburg – The Florida Holocaust Museum


  • Oradour – Center of the Mémoire d’Oradour
  • Paris – The Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Deportation
  • Paris – Amicale de Mauthausen


  • Amsterdam – UNITED for Intercultural Action


  • Budapest – European Center for Gypsy People’s Rights


  • Dharmshala – Tibetan Welfare Office


  • London – The National Yad Vashem Charitable Trust
  • London – Institute of Contemporary History and Vienese Library


  • Jerusalem – AIC – Alternative Information Center
  • Jerusalem – LAW – The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
  • Jerusalem – Yad Vashem


  • Como – Istituto di Storia Contemporanea ¨Pier Amato Perretta¨ (ISC)
  • Milan – Center for Contemporary Epoch Documentation
  • Prato – Museo della Deportazione


  • Hiroshima – Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation


  • Lahore – SOS Children Villages Pakistan


  • Krakow – Center for Jewish Culture


  • Timisoara (planned)