Universität Wien FIND

030393 SE Eichmann in Vienna and Jerusalem: Persecution of Jews, Extermination Camps, Post-War Justice (2021W)

Seminar for diploma and doctoral students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Der erste Termin (Vorbesprechung am 12.10.) findet in Präsenz im Hörsaal 6, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1.Stock statt.

Tuesday 12.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 19.10. 09:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 09:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 09:00 - 12:00 Digital
Monday 17.01. 09:00 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 09:00 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In cooperation with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, M.A., institute of contemporary history, University of Vienna.
Trials for the crimes committed in the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz have taken place in Jerusalem, Frankfurt and Vienna since 1961. After 1945, Holocaust survivors Hermann Langbein and Simon Wiesenthal had campaigned vehemently - not only in Austria - for the punishment of Nazi perpetrators; the punishment complex concerning the Auschwitz extermination camp was ultimately due to these efforts to collect evidence and witness statements and to forward them to the public prosecutor's office. Despite the efforts, the results were staggering: Langbein and Wiesenthal had collected material against a total of 70 Austrian Auschwitz perpetrators, 4 of whom went to trial and none of whom were convicted.
In connection with the crimes at Auschwitz, Adolf Eichmann played a key role. The head of the Vienna "Central Office for Jewish Emigration" had devised an exemplary efficient way for the Nazi persecution of Jews to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Jewish victims, to expel them, to loot them, to deport them to the camps and to have them killed there. Eichmann's bureaucratic zeal, aptly described by Hannah Arendt with the striking term "banality of evil," started in Vienna, and then spread the "model" throughout occupied Europe.
In the seminar, the punishment of Nazi crimes will be researched on the basis of Eichmann and his important henchmen as well as their trials in court, and reflected on with the help of files on the post-war trials. In addition, the archive of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, VWI, contains documents of the Jewish Community, IKG Vienna, which document the persecution, expulsion and deportation of Jews. Among them are the case files of the "Nazi hunter" Simon Wiesenthal, which prove how difficult it was to open Holocaust proceedings in Austria.

Assessment and permitted materials

You will be graded based upon a seminar paper (25–30 pages, 50,000 characters, including footnotes and spaces), your oral participation and presentation of a topic during the block seminar. During this session, the results of your own work should be presented and put up for discussion with a thesis paper (approx. 7 pages) and, if necessary, an excerpt from the source. The final version of your seminar paper must be submitted digitally on Moodle and in paper at the secretariat of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

ATTENTION: You also have to register via email. Besides your registration through u: space, we kindly ask you to send a short motivation letter in which you explain why you would like to participate in the seminar and what your expectations are. Please submit your motivation letter to nicole.schnalzer@univie.ac.at

Examination topics

Reading list

Will be announced at the preliminary meeting.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:13