Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award, Verleihung an Prof. Ladislaus Löb
Ladislaus Löb received the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award – for his book Dealing with Satan: Rezső Kasztner's Daring Rescue Mission
Ladislaus Löb is the first UK recipient of the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award. The award is sponsored by Austrian Service Abroad, an organisation which has sent hundreds of young Austrians abroad for a year of service of social, peace or Holocaust remembrance work.
Prof. Ladislaus Löb is Professor emeritus of German at the University of Sussex. He is known for having been a passenger, when he was 11 years old, on the Kasztner train, which saw almost 1,700 Jews given safe passage out of Hungary to Switzerland during the Holocaust. He has written about his experience in Dealing with Satan: Rezso Kasztner's Daring Rescue Mission (2008). Löb says that “this award honoursRezső Kasztner who saved thousands of his fellow-Jews from the Nazis.”
“Particularly in a situation where some voices wish to qualify and relegate these crimes to history, this prize is an important signal.” (Austrian Ambassador HE Emil Brix)
“Ladislaus Löb’s book offers an outstanding contribution to the commemoration of the Holocaust in Hungary. It also successfully combines autobiography with precise historical documentation of facts.” (Dr. Helmut Grugger, Univ. of Limerick /Innsbruck)
“There are many individuals and institutions who keep the memories of the atrocities of the Holocaust alive, and spread a deeper understanding of what happened. But some really stand out. Austrian Service Abroad honours these individuals for their crucial work and educational efforts. This includes inspiring the ‘Gedenkdieners’ (Austrian Holocaust Memorial Servants), young Austrians who – each doing service for a year – strive to contribute to assure that Auschwitz never happens again.” (Thomas Schobesberger, director of Holocaust Memorial Service at Austrian Service Abroad)
Read more about the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award here.