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Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service
Purpose Holocaust Memorial
Founder and Chairman Andreas Maislinger
Office Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria
Foundation 1992, Innsbruck

The Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (AHMS) is an alternative to Austria's compulsory national military service / alternative service. Its participants serve at major Holocaust memorial institutions in 23 countries.

The AHMS was founded by Andreas Maislinger, a political scientist from Innsbruck ( Tirol, Austria) who adopted the idea from the German Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (Aktion Suehnezeichen/Friedensdienste). Maislinger himself had worked as a volunteer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, where the idea of the program was born.

In 1991 the required legislation was enacted by the Austrian Government and Andreas Maislinger began organizing what became known as the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service, an independent, though largely government-funded foundation. The intent of the AHMS is to recognize Austria's part of the collective responsibility for the Holocaust and the responsibility of each one of us to ensure that it "never again" happens (quote from a speech by then Austrian chancellor Franz Vranitzky, Jerusalem, June 1993).

The Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service is a unique international network that provides assistance to Holocaust-related archives and museums. Since 1992 there have been sent about 500 AHMS interns, mostly in their 20s, either working to study and preserve Holocaust history in lieu of military service back home.

Austrian Service Abroad is the main body of the organization and authorized by the Austrian Government to send the interns to partner organizations worldwide.

Partners

Flag of Australia Australia

Flag of Austria Austria

Flag of Brazil Brazil

Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria

Flag of Canada Canada

Flag of the People's Republic of China China

Flag of Croatia Croatia

Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic

  • Prague - Jewish Community of Prague

Flag of England England

Flag of France France

Flag of Germany Germany

Flag of Hungary Hungary

Flag of Israel Israel

Flag of Italy Italy

Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands

Flag of Norway Norway

  • Oslo - Jewish Community

Flag of Poland Poland

Flag of Russia Russia

  • Moscow - Russian Research and Education Centre "Holocaust"

Flag of Slovenia Slovenia

Flag of Sweden Sweden

Flag of Turkey Turkey

Flag of Ukraine Ukraine

  • Kiew - Jewish Foundation of Ukraine

Flag of the United States USA

See also

External links

ro:Serviciul Memorial Austriac ru:Австрийская мемориальная служба sq:Shërbimi austriak përkujtimor i Holokaustit fi:Itävaltalainen Joukkotuhon Muistotyö sv:Österrikisk minnestjänst sl:Avstrijska spominska služba zh:奧地利猶太人大屠殺纪念服务

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