It is essential that the Shoah Wall of Names Memorial be built in a significant location within the City of Vienna, where it will be easily accessible to a broad array of visitors. The site should however also offer a quiet environment, as befits a Place of Reverence. The Schmerlingplatz satisfies these important requirements in a manner unequaled by any other location in Vienna, the capital of Austria.
From the Opera, the Schmerlingplatz can be reached in a short walk. Public transports make the place accessible from the entire City of Vienna as well as for visitors from out of town and abroad.
Though close to the Ring, Vienna’s main circular thoroughfare, there is almost no traffic around the Schmerlingplatz, thus providing the required peace and quiet for the Memorial.
Being adjacent to the Parliament Building of the Austrian Republic gives the site a profoundly symbolic significance. There, the Memorial will also contribute to the education of young people. Schoolchildren from all over Austria visit the Democracy Workshop in the adjacent Palais Epstein and then proceed to the Parliament. On the way, with their teachers, they will stop at the Memorial, learn much about the past and be prompted to think profoundly about the future.
On the Schmerlingplatz site, the Memorial will make a striking impression.
It will significantly enhance the esteem in which the City of Vienna and the Republic of Austria are held all over the world.