GenTeam Recht.als.Unrecht - Property registrations in Vienna from 1938 to 1945 #austria-czech

Jan Meisels Allen

This is from Prof. Ing. Felix Gundacker, Vienna from


The website is:

Initial checks of the archival fonds of the "Vermögensverkehrsstelle" (Assets Transfer Office) which were handed over to the Austrian Archives of the Republic in 1989 revealed that the holdings and the name index were often not consistent. This quickly led to the idea of setting up an electronic database which would allow researchers to quickly gain access to the required archival material.

It was only through this database established in many years of arduous work that genealogical research on the victims of the holocaust as well as scientific research by international historians were made possible.

"Recht als Unrecht" initiated an intensified debate on confiscations and restitution. In 1998 and 2003, official Austria reacted with the foundation of the National Fund for the Victims of National Socialism and a mandate to the Historical Commission.

On behalf of the entire research community I would like to sincerely thank Hofrat Dr. Hubert Steiner for creating this database and making it available to GenTeam.

Additional databases on Jewish genealogy and restitution:

Besides this highly valuable new database, GenTeam offers additional important resources for genealogy and restitution, such as a complete index of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (IKG) of Vienna (as well as data from Jewish communities in Lower Austria, Burgenland and Moravia), Jewish resignations 1868-1945, IKG divorces, converts, proselytes, foundling baptisms, the Jewish cemeteries of Vienna, Eisenstadt and Innsbruck as well as Nuremberg, civil marriages from Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, the Jewish familiants of Prague as well as an index for "Wer einmal war", volumes 1 and 2. Further references to Jewish families can be found in the databases of newspaper obituaries, the Vienna index of baptisms and the database on Jewish gravestones.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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