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.
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.
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.
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