The Commemorative Year 2018

The year 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Austria’s Anschluss to Nazi Germany. To mark this occasion, WU is organizing a number of activities intended to critically examine the role of its predecessor institution, the University of World Trade, in the years from 1938 to 1945.


A number of specific events will be held on Campus WU as part of the Commemorative Year 2018.

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Online Memorial Book for the victims of National Socialism at the University of World Trade (1938–1945)

The expulsion of faculty and administrative staff members from the university by the Nazi Regime has been addressed in a few Festschriften published by the University of World Trade and in several academic publications. In November 2012, WU started to conduct in-depth research into the fates of students under Nazi rule …

Online Memorial Book

Research on Nazi-Confiscated Works

In May 2010, the WU University Library launched an investigation intended to identify Nazi-confiscated items in its collection. The project was started on the initiative of the library management and approved by the Rector's Council.

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How did Nazification affect the university, its faculty, students, and administrative staff? What did Austria’s Anschluss to Nazi Germany mean for the development of the University of World Trade?

On these pages, you can find a timeline (in German) of the most important historical developments that marked the period from 1938 to 1945 and a schedule of the events WU has planned, where we will be taking a close look at the years between the Anschluss and Austria’s eventual liberation from Nazi rule.