The Path of Remembrance
Our current project “The Path of Remembrance,” takes you back to the many significant points of former Jewish life in the Leopoldstadt, and brings to light the history of the expulsion and murder of the Jewish population.
It touches on the everyday Jewish life, and it – in an exemplary manner – memorializes the people who formerly lived here. In this manner, we aim to – symbolically give, stone by stone, – those expelled and murdered former inhabitants, a little place in their home district,; and to give their family members – the solace and a place to celebrate the memory of their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and siblings.
With these examples, we wish to keep alive the memory of Jewish life and culture in the Leopoldstadt, destroyed by the Nazis. Each of the 100 stations includes the following:
A comprehensive search around the world offered relatives of the murdered family members, who lived in the Leopoldstadt, the opportunity to place “Stones of Remembrance.” A similarly large number of stones was set for people without surviving relatives.
- Explanation plaques: (7 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches)
- Path Markings: As an identification sign.
- Stones of remembrance for murdered Jewish inhabitants.
Each stone is 3 3/4 by 3 3/4 inches. There are always blocks of 4 stones in place. The amount of blocks will be adapted according to the space of the station. A comprehensive search around the world will offer relatives of the murdered family members, who lived in the Leopoldstadt, the opportunity to place “Stones of Remembrance.” A similarly large number of stones will be set for people without surviving relatives.
The “Path of Remembrance” was created in 4 parts within a period of 2 and a half years.
The inauguration of the first half of the “Path” took place in November 2006. The most recent inauguration took place in May 2009. New stations will be inaugurated in Autumn 2009. Austria’s Federal President Heinz Fischer recognized the “Path of Remembrance” as being an extraordinary contribution to the reconstruction of jewish life in Vienna after the Holocaust.
The head of the district, Mr. Gerhard Kubik, as well as the city’s culture councilor, Mailath Pokorny, are supportive of our project. During the planning and realization of this project, we have enjoyed the support of the District of Leopoldstadt.
The “Nationalfonds” has provided for part of the costs. For the most part, we have funded the project through sponsorship, building-stones, and contributions. Sponsorship can be assumed for the placing of personal stones.
The explanation plaques and path-markings cover the cost of the building stones.
Sponsorship for the Stones of Remembrance is € 150.-
Building-Stones for the Explanation Plaques and
Path Markings are € 18.-, € 36.- or € 72.-
If you are interested to be a sponsor, in a building-stone, or have questions about the project, please write us a message.
Guided tours: Walter Juraschek 0699/19251524