Simon Wiesenthal Prize
The National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism confers the Simon Wiesenthal Prize for outstanding civic engagement to combat antisemitism and promote Holocaust education.
The mandate to confer the award was granted in 2020 by an amendment to the National Fund Law, Federal Law Gazette I No. 94/2020.
The Simon Wiesenthal Prize will be conferred once a year. For this purpose, the Federal Government will provide an annual sum of 30,000 euros as prize money.
The Simon Wiesenthal Prize may be conferred upon up to three persons or groups that have been nominated by a jury and selected by the Board of Trustees of the National Fund.
The Simon Wiesenthal Prize Jury
The Simon Wiesenthal Prize Jury is appointed by the Board of Trustees of the National Fund for the duration of one legislative period. It submits a shortlist of potential prizewinners to the Board of Trustees.
Announcement and applications
The Simon Wiesenthal Prize, endowed with 30,000 euros, was announced for the first time in 2021. Since 2021, the prize will be awarded once a year in recognition of special civic engagement to combat antisemitism and to educate the public about the Holocaust.
In 2021, the National Fund received 288 entries for the Simon Wiesenthal Prize from over 30 countries worldwide – from Austria, Germany and other European countries, from Israel and the USA, and also from Asia, Australia, South America and Canada.
The jury has shortlisted ten projects from these entries. The shortlist was released one week before the award ceremony; the winners were announced at the ceremony. The award ceremony took place on 11 May 2022.
The call for entries for the 2022 Simon Wiesenthal Prize was from 12 May until 15 September 2022. The next call will take place in 2023.