Austrian Historian visits Edmonton Jewish Archives

23 September 2013

On Monday, September 16, Dr. Andrea Strutz, Senior Researcher at the Institute of History/Contemporary History at the University of Graz (Austria) and the Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for History and Society (History Cluster), accompanied by Wirth Institute Director Joseph Patrouch and Austrian Visiting Professor Helga Mitterbauer, visited the Jewish Archives and Historical Society of Edmonton and Northern Alberta (JAHSENA) and met with archivist Debby Schoctor to discuss the archives' holdings and projects, particularly those dealing with the migration of Austrian and Central European Jews to Alberta. Dr. Strutz was in town to deliver a lecture at the Institute on the Austrian Jews who were interned in Canada during World War Two and to give a guest presentation in Austrian Visiting Professor Helga Mitterbauer's class on Austrian culture. She consulted with Institute staff and others concerning a possible longer-term research project concentrating on the general issue of Austrian migration to Canada. While in Edmonton, Dr. Strutz consulted also with Peter W. Holloway of the Ukrainian Traditional Folklore on-line project, John-Paul Himka of the Sanctuary Project, and Franz A.J. Szabo, Founding Director of the Wirth Institute.

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