Jews from Galicia at the Export Academy and the University of World Trade in Vienna (1898-1938) #galicia #announcements

Gesher Galicia SIG

Gesher Galicia is pleased to announce a joint research project with the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien). The project aims to create an inventory of Jewish students from Galicia who studied at the two predecessor institutions in Vienna, the Export Academy (k.k. Exportakademie, 1898–1918) and the University of World Trade (Hochschule für Welthandel, 1919–1938).

Johannes Koll (Head of University Archives and Project Lead, Vienna University of Economics and Business) commented: “The university’s archives contain many records of Jewish students from Galicia, though they have not been systematically examined. In this project, we will extract students’ biographical data to address historical and genealogical aims of the project. Importantly, the results will also contribute to the efforts to document and memorialize Jewish students whose education came to an abrupt halt with the rise of National Socialism in Austria.”

Andrew Zalewski (Vice President, Gesher Galicia) added: “This project complements Gesher Galicia’s ongoing work to create searchable information on Jewish university students. By expanding our efforts to include Galician students who enrolled at the two business schools in Vienna, we will make new resources available to family history researchers. Even a cursory look at the records in Vienna reveals the prospect of many fascinating discoveries (e.g., the fact that the first woman graduate at the Export Academy was from Galicia).”

The indexed information about Jewish students will be available through the open-access database of Gesher Galicia, linked to scans accessible to all.

The project is expected to be completed in 2022, when we will make a separate announcement. Until then, we kindly request that you do not inquire about the individual records.

Funding: we gratefully acknowledge research support provided by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria (Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich) and the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism (Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus).

Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia 

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