Focus on Central Europe

koszeg_synagogeGiven the role of Austria as a bridge building country in Central and Eastern Europe the Committee during the last years has considered as one of its most important tasks to initiate and promote Christian-Jewish dialogue in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary by building networks and organizing regularly common conferences. This is to strengthen these young initiatives in these countries and to transfer our knowledge and experience in theological questions regarding religious education. Every second year we organize a Christian-Jewish study week in Hungary (Koszeg): With Jewish teachers we read the Torah, days of fruitful learning and discussing. The Committee has initiated and organized the restoration of Christian graves at the Jewish Cemetery of the Vienna Zentralfriedhof. Christians and persons of no creed were buried there because they were considered Jews, non Aryans by the NS regime according to the racial laws at that time.