Commemorative exhibition: "80th anniversary of the deportations from Vienna to Riga"

An exhibition at Vienna's Westbahnhof will commemorate the deportations from the former Aspangbahnhof railway station.

Deported Jewish women

Deported Jewish women

80 years ago, in November and December 1941, more than 4,200 Jews were deported from Vienna to Riga in present-day Latvia. A commemorative exhibition was shown in the main concourse of Vienna Central Station from 15 October 2021 to 10 January 2022 to commemorate the deportations from the former Aspangbahnhof railway station. Currently, the exhibition can be seen at Vienna's Westbahnhof. The exhibition is freely accessible for all visitors.

After many days of unimaginable suffering in deportation trains, almost all Jews, among them many children, were shot on arrival in Riga. Fewer than 100 survived the ghetto in Riga, the forced labour, or concentration camps where they were taken.

The City of Vienna has organised the commemorative exhibition together with the Austrian Federal Railways and the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism to raise awareness on the atrocities of the Nazi era once again and to honour the commemoration of the victims.

Vienna as a member of the German Riga Committee

2021 also marks the 20th anniversary of Vienna's membership in the German Riga Committee. This association of towns and municipalities was founded in May 2000 to commemorate the more than 25,000 Jews, who were deported from German cities to Riga in 1941 and 1942, where almost all of them were murdered in the Bikernieki forest. A memorial to commemorate the Jewish victims from Vienna has been erected there. The commemorative exhibition will be shown in Riga at a later date.

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