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About/Gedenkdiener-Program

Austrian Service Abroad at the Neuberger

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About the Gedenkdiener Program

The Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (Gedenkdienst) is an independent alternative to Austria's compulsory national military service. Its participants serve at major Holocaust institutions. The first participant started in 1992 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. Since then, over 400 Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service interns have been working with major Holocaust memorial institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The intent of the AHMS is to recognize Austria's part of the collective responsibility for the Holocaust. The Neuberger is proud to welcome Gedenkdiener interns.

2016-2017 Gedenkdiener: Lorenz Glettler

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Lorenz Glettler is the seventh memorial service intern sent by the Austrian Service Abroad organization. He is placed with the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre from August 2016 through May 2017.

Lorenz was born in Graz and grew up in Mooskirchen, Austria. In high school he specialized in business administration and accounting. During his education, he also took an interest in history and politics.

Instead of the compulsory Austrian military service, Lorenz decided to participate in the “Gedenkdienst” Program. Thanks to the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service, Lorenz will be working at the Neuberger through May 2017. While attending school, Lorenz prepared for his duties at the Neuberger Holocaust Centre. Furthermore, he has visited different museums and memorial sites such as the concentration camps Mauthausen and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Lorenz is looking forward to working with school groups and teachers during his stay in Canada.

For more information, please contact Lorenz.

Gedenkdieners at the Neuberger

The Neuberger hosted its first Gedenkdiener, or Holocaust Memorial Service Intern, in 2010. Raffael Stuhlpfarrer interned at the Centre from 2010-2011. Subsequently, the Centre hosted Gedenkdiener Aron Coman-Mikó from February-July 2012, Andreas Schnitzer for the 2012-2013 year, Stefan Hammerl from 2013-2014, and Alexander Schelischansky from 2014-2015. Most recently, our Gedenkdiener was Mathias Vogt.