How can I obtain confirmation that the names of my family members who were murdered in the Shoah are actually in the DÖW Data Base and will therefore be engraved on the Walls ?
Go to the DÖW Website www.doew.at and click first on the word “Opfersuche” (Search for victims). The DÖW Data Base contains several such categories, such as the persecuted for political reasons and those condemned to death by the Gestapo. Click next on “Erweiterte Suche”, which leads to four different categories. Leave the click marker only on “Shoah-Opfer” and remove it from the other categories. Only then should you enter the name of the person you are searching for.
In case the name of an Austrian Shoah-Victim cannot be found in the Data Base, it should be reported to the DÖW at the address firstname.lastname@example.org
In the future, the DÖW will attempt to include a short description of the person’s life and a photo. Descriptions and photos of family members should be sent to the DÖW at the same address.
On what historical basis were Names included in the Data Base as “Shoah Victims” ?
All the people who as of March 12th 1938 were declared to be Jews according to the “Nürnberg Laws”, living in Austria or born there and who perished in the Shoah, were recorded in the DÖW Data Base.
Of the more than 65,000 Jews of Austria who were murdered in the Shoah, about 49,000 were deported from Austria. Nearly 2,000 were murdered in Austria, or in the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps. Another 14,000 were deported from countries in Europe where they had sought refuge, such as 2,000 from France and 800 from Belgium. Most of them perished in various places of Eastern Europe to which they had been deported and in extermination camps.