Austria honors Auschwitz center

The Auschwitz Jewish Center received the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award for its work to educate youth about the Nazi genocide of European Jewry.

At the Auschwitz center, located outside the gates of the concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Austria’s ambassador to Poland, Herbert Krauss, commended the center for its “commitment to commemorate the town’s Jewish past and conceptualizing education programs with local youth.”

Krauss presented the award Jan. 27  on behalf of the nonprofit Austrian Service Abroad organization, which initiated the honor in 2006 to recognize educational Holocaust programs around the world.

The center opened in 2000. Since 2007, the Bay Area–based Koret Foundation and Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture have provided annual support for a Taube Fellow in the center’s summer fellowship program for American university students. — jta