Selbstmorde von Wiener Jüdinnen und Juden während der Shoah
Keywords:suicide, November pogrom, Anschluss
"Suicide with sleeping pills", "...by coiling gas", "...by hanging", "...by fall down", "...by shoot to death", "...by drown", "...by jump out of the window" - these notes appeared more and more frequently in documents of the Jewish community in Vienna from 1938 onwards. Especially after the 'Anschluss' and the November pogroms of 1938, as well as before and during the waves of deportation, many Jews saw no other way out than to take their own lives.
On November 8, 2021, a joint symposium by Misrachi Austria, the Wiener Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) and the Documentation Archive of the Austrian Resistance (DÖW) was dedicated to the memory of the more than 1,000 Viennese Jews who died during the Nazi time to choose suicide. The subject was discussed from historical, psychological and halakhic perspectives.
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