The annual meeting of the association took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 29 September 2018, from 6:20pm until 7:00pm
Gerhard BAUMGARTNEFR, director of the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance, welcomed members and guests and took the chair.
Baumgartner gave the special thanks of the association to Liz AMETSBICHLER, professor of German, University of Montana, Missoula, who had served as Immediate Past President for the period 2016-2018, and to the following three professors who had served as Board members until this year:
Dagmar LORENZ, professor in the Judaic Studies department, University of Illinois at Chicago;
Howard P. LOUTHAN, professor, College of Liberal Arts at the university of Minnesota, director of the Center for Austrian Studies, Minneapolis;
Peter UTGAARD, Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Grossmont–Cuyamaca Community College, El Cajon, CA.
The report on activities of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance since October 2017 was given by Friedl Garscha, DÖW senior historian.
He focused on the DÖW conference “Vertreibung und Vernichtung” (expulsion and extermination) in September 2017 – cf. https://www.doew.at/termine/veranstaltungsarchiv/vertreibung-und-vernichtung. A revised version of many contributions to this conference is printed in the DÖW yearbook 2018 – cf. https://www.doew.at/erforschen/publikationen/gesamtverzeichnis/jahrbuch/jahrbuch-2018-forschungen-zu-vertreibung-und-holocaust
The yearbook also contains a report on the DÖW’s activities in 2017 – cf. https://www.doew.at/cms/download/s3gn/jahrbuch2018_jahresbericht_2017.pdf
One of the projects that were presented during the conference, was “Vertreibung – Exil – Emigration. Die österreichischen NS-Vertriebenen im Spiegel der Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Dr. Hugo Ebner”. The DÖW published the findings in October 2018 under the title “Österreichische Pensionen für jüdische Vertriebene Die Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Ebner: Akteure – Netzwerke – Akten”. The book was edited by Claudia Kuretsidis-Haider – cf. the synopsis in no. 233 of DÖW’s “Mitteilungen”: https://www.doew.at/cms/download/c1gf/233.pdf
From November 2017 until February 2018 the DÖW showed an exhibit about an Austrian Jewish girl who escaped to Norway and was deported from there to Auschwitz, 75 years ago: “Vienna-Oslo-Auschwitz: The short life of Ruth Maier” – cf. https://www.doew.at/termine/veranstaltungsarchiv/das-kurze-leben-der-ruth-maier-wien-oslo-auschwitz
From 12 March until 30 September the exhibit was shown in Olso, at the Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies – cf. the description in Norwegian: https://www.hlsenteret.no/arrangementer/2018/utstillingsapning%3A-ruth-maier.html)
DÖW director Baumgartner completed Garscha’s report by giving some information about latest developments since the inauguration of the new Austrian government in December 2017.
The report on the association’s development since October 2017 was given by Michael S. Bryant.
Bryant explained the difficulties in the first year of his appointment as secretary/treasurer and invited those who declared themselves members of the association, to pay their annual membership fee ($40) in cash. Each member can get a free copy of the DÖW yearbook on request. For shipping another $10 has to be added to the membership fee. Michael Bryant repeated for those who had not be present at the GSA banquet of the day before that the winner of the Radomir Luza Prize 2018 is David Gerlach for his book about the transformation of the German-Czech borderlands after World War II. Michael expressed the association’s gratitude towards the Austrian Future Fund for its support to enable the awarding of the prize, which originally had been financed solely by the University of New Orleans; New Orleans was the last place of activity of Radomir Luza, author of the first comprehensive study about resistance in Austria. Since last year the prize in the amount of $1,000 is awarded in the course of the GSA banquet. The money given by the Austrian Future Fund is administered by the German Studies Association’s endowment account. Regrettably the Luza prize winner was the only one who did not show up, therefore no solemn awarding ceremony took place.
Baumgartner invited the audience to discuss the reports.
After some questions and answers Baumgartner proceeded to the elections. These concern the new president and vice president for the next two years, and three board members for the next three years. The secretary treasurer continues to serve through 2022: Michael S. BRYANT, professor at Bryant University, Rhode Island, was appointed last year for a five years term.
No elections necessary for the 3 members of the Luza Prize Committee: Günter BISCHOF, Gerald FETZ and Friedl GARSCHA were elected last year for a 3-years-term.
Also 6 out of 9 members of the board will continue to serve for 1 or 2 more years (Robert von DASSANOWSKY, Eva KUTTENBERG, Margarete LAMB-FAFFELBERGER, Lisa SILVERMAN, Felix TWERASER, and Janek WASSERMAN)
Matthew Paul BERG, John Carroll University, Cleveland / University Heights, OH, was elected vice president (to become president in September 2020), vice president Ilana OFFENBERGER was elected president.
As three new board members for the next three years were elected: Jan-Ruth MILLS, Florida State University, Sarah PAINITZ, Butler University, and Frances TANZER, Clark University.
For the present composition of the givernance of the association cf. BOARD – American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association took place in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 7th, 7:00pm, i.e. immediately before the “Austrian Reception” in the same room.
After the report of Secretary/Treasurer David Wildermuth about the activities and finances of the association and of Winfried Garscha about the activities of the DÖW in the past year, the meeting adopted an amendment of the by-laws regarding the Radomir-Luza-Prize committee (section V of the by-laws), establishing a three-years-term for the members of the committee. Cf. By-Laws
Appointment of a new Secretary/Treasurer
Note: David W. WILDERMUTH, associate professor of German, Shippensburg University, followed the first appointed secretary-treasurer Gregor Thuswaldner. Prof. Wildermuth accepted the renewal of his appointment under the condition that a new secretary-treasurer will be appointed prior to the annual meeting in 2018. He asked to be replaced at this year’s annual meeting.
Michael BRYANT, professor of history and legal studies, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, agreed to serve for a five year term from 2017 through 2022.
The meeting gave special thanks to David W. WILDERMUTH for having served as secretary-treasurer of the association for seven years, and to the following three professors who have served as board members until today:
Günter BISCHOF, professor of history; director, CenterAustria New Orleans, LA,
Evan Burr BUKEY, professor of history emeritus, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR,
Gerald FETZ, dean and professor of German emeritus, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
The following three new board members were elected for the period 2017-2020: Eva KUTTENBERG, Penn State at Erie, The Behrend College; Margarete LAMB-FAFFELBERGER, Lafayette College, Easton, PA; and Janek WASSERMAN, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. For more information look here.
Appointment of the Luza Prize Committee 2017-2020
Günter BISCHOF, professor of history; director, Center Austria: The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies, University of New Orleans; Gerald FETZ, dean and professor of German emeritus, University of Montana, Missoula, MT; and Winfried R. GARSCHA, Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance, Vienna (ex officio).