Winzer Krems

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Historical responsibility

At the beginning of September 2018, triggered by the release of the novel "Wein des Vergessens" by Bernhard Herrman and Robert Streibel (Residenz Verlag), WINZER KREMS eG was confronted with previously unresolved aspects of its history in the NS-era. These concern individual properties that were owned by the Jewish family Robitschek before the National Socialist annexed Austria and were subsequently arianized.

The pre-owners

Paul Robitschek and his mother Johanna (photos: archives Bernhard Herrman)

Paul Robitschek and his mother Johanna (photos: archives Bernhard Herrman)

Rehabilitation

According to this background, the board of directors of WINZER KREMS eG decided to proactively deal with this issue.
Therefore Dr. Brigitte Bailer-Galanda, the renowned historian and former director of the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW), has been engaged as a critical adviser.

We were unaware of the historical and moral issues for a long time and will now face the critical questions of this period. We regret deeply that we did not react appropriately before. We now make it our task to process these relationships scientifically.
This work should be started immediately under the direction of the Documentation Archive of the Austrian Resistance and completed by mid-2019.

Visit

On September 13th, Juanita Robitschek, the niece of Paul Robitschek from Caracas / Venezuela visited WINZER KREMS.

Juanita Robitschek visited WINZER KREMS Sandgrube 13

Interim Report & memorial plaque

On July 3rd 2019, WINZER KREMS presented an interim report on the reappraisal of the company's founding history and uncovered a memory plaque. The final report ix expected to be ready in autumn 2019.

» Download interim report (pdf, German)

» link: press information & photos

from the left: managing director Dir. Franz Ehrenleiter, Juana-Charlotta Robitschek, chairman Franz Bauer and Brigitte Bailer-Galanda (photo: Gregor Semrad)

Visit from Israel

On August 6th 2019, the Israeli ambassador in Vienna, Talya Lador-Fresher, visited the WINZER KREMS. She was impressed by the professional processing of the history and the presentation of the memorial plaque.

Winzer Krems chairman Franz Bauer, Talya Lador-Fresher, Winzer Krems guide Joachim Berger

new documents

Nov. 5th, 2019 - Mrs. Brigitte Bailer-Galanda, head of the commission which was charged with the reappraisal of our founding history, informed us that new documents were found. Therefore the final report, which was announced for autumn 2019, will retard.

The former managing director of Winzer Krems, Franz Ehrenleitner, Brigitte Bailer-Galanda, Winzer Krems chairman Franz Bauer

Final Report

Juni 17th, 2020

In May 2020, the commission charged with processing the founding history of Winzer Krems completed the final report and handed it over to WINZER KREMS on June 17th, 2020.

The four authors of the publication:

  • Brigitte Bailer-Galanda, former scientific director of the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)
  • Gerhard Baumgartner, current scientific director of the DÖW
  • Bernhard Herrman, historian
  • Robert Streibel, historian

In summary, the Aryanization of the Robitschek family´s possessions in the Sandgrube in Krems was on the one hand a complicated and on the other hand well documented process with different interests within the Nazi authorities involved. The restitution proceedings after the war lasted  several years and ended with a settlement in 1949, which was quite usual in Austria in these times.

It is beyond discussion that a great injustice was committed at that time. Today, Winzer Krems is aware of its historical and moral responsibility and, with the publication of the final scientific report, reaffirms its commitment to tolerance, diversity and the indivisibility of human rights.

>> download final report (pdf, german)*
>> download attachment - chronology (pdf, german)*

*Any further use of these documents requires the consent of the authors and Winzer Krems.

The final report by the Documentation Centree of Austrian Resistance concerning the founding history of WINZER KREMS