Other tasks

The National Fund is responsible for the annual award of the Simon Wiesenthal Prize, worth 30,000 euros, which honours special civil society commitment to combating anti-Semitism and promoting education about the Holocaust.

The National Fund supports both survivors and their families by offering to conduct family research.

The National Fund provides financial support to people who bear the costs for the graves of Holocaust survivors from the Roma and Sinti community.

By creating a memorial for the Jewish children, women and men from Austria murdered in the Shoah, the intention is to foster awareness of remembrance, for today’s Austria as well as for its future generations. The Shoah Wall of Names Memorial will provide a central yet peaceful place where people can recall the fate of the approx. 65,000 Jewish victims and pay tribute to their lives.

The Austrian Citizenship Act was amended in 2019 to make it easier in future for victims of National Socialism and their descendants to receive Austrian citizenship. The National Fund is glad to offer its support in this matter and provide assistance with research needed to obtain any required documentation.

In 1998/99, the Art Restitution Law (Federal Law on the Restitution of Art Objects from the Austrian Federal Museums and Collections, Federal Law Gazette I 181/1998) granted the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism a mandate for the disposition of "heirless" art objects under public ownership, using the proceeds for the benefit of the victims of National Socialism.

In implementation of the Washington Agreement, the National Fund Law was amended in 2001 (Federal Law Gazette I no. 11/2001) to entrust the National Fund with the compensation of seized tenancy rights, household effects and personal valuables.

The National Fund of the Republic of Austria for victims of National Socialism is not only a symbol for shared responsibility for Austria’s Nazi past, but also makes an active contribution towards international Holocaust remembrance.