Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award

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Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award
Awarded for Honoring "those who have shown special endeavors for the memory of the Shoah"
Country Austria
Presented by Austrian Service Abroad
First awarded 2006
Official website

The Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award (AHMA) was founded by Austrian Service Abroad in 2006.


First young Austrian started in Auschwitz on September 1 1992

The prize is annually conferred on a person or an institution, which has shown special endeavors for the memory of the Shoa.

Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service[edit]

Since 1992 more than 500 young Austrians[1] rendered an Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, England, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and in the USA. They assume responsibility worldwide for the crimes committed also by the Austrian National Socialists.


Reception at the Austrian Embassy in Paris (March 2008)

On October 17, 2006, the Chinese historian Pan Guang was awarded the first AHMA prize.[2] Michael Prochazka and Austrian Servand Abroad of the Year 2006 Martin Wallner attended the reception in Shanghai.

The Brazilian journalist Alberto Dines[3] was crowned as the AHMA 2007 winner on October 24, 2007 at the Austrian consulate in Rio de Janeiro for his effort to establish Casa Stefan Zweig, a museum devoted to Stefan Zweig in Petropolis, and his book Morte no paraíso, a tragédia de Stefan Zweig.

In March 2008, Robert Hébras was assigned with the award at the Austrian embassy in Paris in presence of Beate Klarsfeld and Andreas Maislinger, founder of the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service and initiator of the AHMA. Robert Hébras is one of only six survivors of the massacre of Oradour and is still giving tours at the age of 84.

Alberto Dines

For 2009 Jay M. Ipson received the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award.[4] Austrian Ambassador to the United States of America Dr. Christian Prosl visited the Virginia Holocaust Museum and presented the award to the co-founder and Executive Director. Ipson is a Holocaust survivor from Lithuania, who was deported to the Kovno Ghetto at the age of six.

On October 28, 2010, the Austrian ambassador to Australia, Dr. Hannes Porias, conferred the award to the Austrian-born Holocaust survivor Eva Marks in Melbourne and read a letter of congratulations from the president of the Austrian parliament, Barbara Prammer. Also the prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, sent a congratulatory letter, conferred by the Australian MP Michael Danby.[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The New Righteous: Austrian youth serve the memory of the Holocaust abroad (Paloma Friedman)
  2. ^ Professor Pan Guang received Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award (
  3. ^ High Austria distinction for Alberto Dines, Brazilian journalist and biographer of Stefan Zweig (Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  4. ^ Virginia Holocaust Museum co-founder honored by Austria Archived May 14, 2010, at, Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 11, 2010
  5. ^ Holocaust survivor Eva Marks as AHMA recipient 2010 Archived August 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (House of Responsibility)
  6. ^ Auschwitz Jewish center honored by Austrian ambassador,, January 27, 2012
  7. ^ A legend of Latvia’s Jewish community celebrates his 90th birthday, The Baltic Times, October 21, 2015

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