“The premier demand upon all education is that Auschwitz not happen again“ Theodor Adorno

At the initiative of Dr. Ruth Kaufmann the "Haus der Namen" Holocaust and Tolerance Center Austria was set up. The designer Uwe Kohlhammer is responsible for the design of this educationally particularly valuable permanent exhibition.


The aim of the initiator is to keep the memory of the horrors of that time awake and to ensure that such atrocities never happen again. During the Holocaust six million Jewish men, women, children and elderly were murdered, not only to extinguish Jewish life, but also the very memory of it.  The Jewish community of Graz, which originally had 2,500 members, never recovered from the effects of the Holocaust. On November 9th, 1938, the Prayer House, which had been built in 1892, was burned down, its ruin blown up and the whole area leveled.  1940 Graz, the "city of the popular uprising," was declared as being "Jew-free ".


On the 9th of November 2015, the "Haus der Namen", the Holocaust and Tolerance Center Austria, opened as the first of its kind in Austria more than 70 years after the end of World War II.

Many thanks to

Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Washington

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust - New York

Memorial de la Shoa, Paris

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien

DÖW - Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes

Stadtarchiv Bielefeld

Joanneum Graz 

Slg. Dr. Heimo Halbrainer 

Slg. Dr. Victoria Kumar

Slg. Kaufmann 

Slg. Israelitische Kultusgemeinde

Leo Baeck Institute Center for Jewish History New York

Musée de la résistance et de la déportation in Montauban

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