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Simon Wiesenthal

Nominations for the Simon Wiesenthal Prize 2023

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2023 award:

The following entries have been nominated by the jury for the Main Prize for Civic Engagement to Combat Antisemitism and Educate the Public about the Holocaust (listed in alphabetical order):

  • AMCHA (Israel)
  • CASA STEFAN ZWEIG (Brazil)
  • JAN GRABOWSKI (Canada)
  • LIKRAT - LET'S TALK! (Austria & Switzerland)

The following entries have been nominated by the jury for the Prize for Civic Engagement to Combat Antisemitism (listed in alphabetical order):

  • ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL MOTA DE JUDÍOS (Spain)
  • ELNET (Germany)
  • SOS MITMENSCH (Austria)

The following applications have been nominated by the jury for the Prize for Civic Engagement to Educate the Public about the Holocaust (listed in alphabetical order):

  • ALOIS AND ERNA WILL (Austria)
  • CENTROPA (Austria)
  • HEIDEMARIE UHL, deceased 2023 (Austria)

The jury was particularly keen to pay tribute to the contemporary witnesses nominated for the award. By talking about their experiences, these survivors provide the most compelling and valuable testimonies of all in the efforts to come to terms with the Holocaust and take a stand against antisemitism. Their work and dedication should and must be an example to us all.

The following contemporary witnesses will receive special recognition and be honoured at the event:

  • HELGA FELDNER-BUSZTIN (Austria)
  • JENO FRIEDMANN (USA)
  • OCTAVIAN FÜLÖP (Romania)
  • NAFTALI FÜRST (Israel)
  • MARIA GABRIELSEN (Norway)
  • VIKTOR KLEIN (Austria)
  • OTTO NAGLER (Israel)
  • KATHARINA SASSO (Austria)
  • LIESE SCHEIDERBAUER (Austria)
  • MARIAN TURSKI (Poland)

The Board of Trustees of the National Fund chose the winners of the Simon Wiesenthal Prize 2023 from the jury shortlist at the beginning of December. One winner will be announced in each of the three categories.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony held at the Parliament on 12 March 2024.

Submissions

The call for entries for the 2023 Simon Wiesenthal Prize ended on 30 June 2023. Thank you for your entries!

Submissions for the Simon Wiesenthal Prize will be open in 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of civic engagement are eligible for regognition?

Prospective prizewinners have made an outstanding contribution – through projects, initiatives or in other meaningful ways – towards combating antisemitism and/or educating the public about the Holocaust by

  • actively fostering, consolidating and imparting knowledge and awareness about the Holocaust;
  • raising awareness in society about the dangers of antisemitism in the present;
  • increasing understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of antisemitism and thereby strengthening democratic culture in everyday life;
  • acting as a beacon of civil courage, thereby highlighting the value and importance of the involvement of each and every individual;
  • advocating for measures to counteract antisemitism and all forms of Holocaust relativisation;
  • fostering understanding and sensitivity in areas where a critical attitude towards antisemitism should be particularly encouraged;
  • contributing to the development of a common awareness in the fight against antisemitism
  • or otherwise contributing towards a culture of remembrance that is innovative, sustainable and dedicated to educating people.

Special consideration will be given to projects, initiatives and achievements that create fresh impetus and place new accents, that set an example for others and appear capable of having a lasting impact on the present and the future.

Can I nominate someone else for the prize?

Yes. Candidates may submit an entry in their own right or be nominated by a third party.

Can institutions also participate?

Yes. Also eligible to submit an entry are, for example, civil society organisations such as clubs, associations, foundations, non-profit limited liability companies; interest groups, regional affiliations such as local clubs and associations, i.e. organisations emerging from the middle and grassroots of society; human rights organisations; non-governmental organisations; welfare institutions, cultural organisations, educational and training institutions; youth organisations, family associations, students and student groups, apprentices and apprentice groups, as well as youth and schoolchildren groups.

Is the prize also aimed at international civil society?

Yes. Individuals or groups from civil society in Austria or abroad can submit an entry or be nominated for the Simon Wiesenthal Prize, regardless of their nationality.

Who decides on the submitted entries?

The Board of Trustees will choose the prizewinners on the basis of the shortlist drawn up by the Simon Wiesenthal Prize Jury.

Candidates will be assessed by the Simon Wiesenthal Prize Jury on the merits of their entries and in accordance with the Rules of Procedure issued by the Board of Trustees.

The Simon Wiesenthal Prize Jury will assess the candidates on the sole basis of the information contained in the submitted documents and submit a shortlist of potential prizewinners to the Board of Trustees within four weeks, providing reasons for its shortlisted entries in writing. The jury may shortlist up to five candidates and rank them in assessed order of merit.

How much is the prize money?

The Simon Wiesenthal Prize is endowed with an annual sum of 30,000 euros. It is awarded in two categories:

  • Civic engagement to combat antisemitism (7,500 €)
  • Civic engagement to promote Holocaust education (7,500 €)

In addition, a main prize endowed with 15,000 € will be awarded for outstanding civic engagement to combat antisemitism and/or promote Holocaust education.

How do I submit an entry for the Simon Wiesenthal Prize?

Entries must be submitted online using the form available on the Simon Wiesenthal Prize website. Attachments must be uploaded electronically.

The entry should state why the candidate(s) would be (a) worthy recipient(s) of the prize and demonstrate the candidate’s achievements in the areas set out in the Prize Announcement.

On the entry form the candidate must provide all information required by the National Fund to

  • ensure that the candidate meets the formal entry requirements
  • examine whether the activities subject of the entry comply with the objectives of the prize