Mauthausen Committee Austria

Our organization is non-political and non-religious. We advocate a free and democratic society and the protection of human rights for all, regardless of nationality, political persuasion or religion and work to fight against all forms of fascism, racism, neo-Nazism, chauvinism and anti-Semitism.

Our supporting organizations are the three founding organizations: the ÖGB (Austrian Trade Union Federation), the Conference of Roman-Catholic Bishops and the Austrian Jewish Community.

Anybody supporting the aims of the organization can become a member. The statutes offer a detailed description of the structure and organizational aspects of the MKÖ.

A general meeting takes places every two years, at which time a new board is elected and other official activities are undertaken.

The MKÖ board meet monthly, together with the board of the Austrian Association of Mauthausen Survivors.

The current board is made up of the following people

  • Willi Mernyi, Chair
  • Mag. Josef Pumberger, Financial referent
  • Mag. Raimund Fastenbauer, Board member
  • HR Marko Feingold, Board member
  • Verena Mayrhofer, Board member
  • Mario Roitmair, Board member
  • Mag. Martin Kranzl-Greinecker, Board member
  • Johannes Sieder, Board member
  • Mag. Andreas Baumgartner, Board member
  • Dr. Robert Eiter, Regional Representative MKÖ North
  • Bernhard Gitschtaler, Regional Representative MKÖ South
  • Alexander Hauer, Regional Representative MKÖ East
  • Univ.Prof. Dr. Peter Gstettner, State Coordinator MKÖ Carinthia
  • Dr. Ludwig Popper, State Coordinator Burgenland
  • currently unoccupied, State Coordinator Styria

Executive Secretary: Christa Bauer, MAS

The Board of Trustees of the MKÖ brings together the following public figures

  • Kardinal Dr. Christoph Schönborn, Chair of the Conference of Roman-Catholic Bishops
  • Wolfgang Katzian, President of the Austrian Trade Union Federation
  • Renate Anderl, President of the Camber of Labour
  • Oskar Deutsch, Head of the Jewish Community
  • Prof. Wolfgang J. Bandion, Austrian Association of Mauthausen Survivors
  • Dr. Gerald Netzl, Federation of Social Demodratic Freedom Fighters, Vicitims of Fascism and Active Antifascists
  • KR Dr. Gerhard Kastelic, Speaker for the Austrian People’s Party Victims Association
  • Willibald Kalcher, National Association of Austrian Anti-fascists, Resisters and Victims of Fascism – Camp Community Federation
  • Albert Dlabaja, Chair of the Association of Buchenwald Survivors
  • Superintendent Mag. Thomas Hennefeld, Chair of the Ecumenical Council of the Churches in Austria
  • Erzbischof Dr. Arsenios Kardamakis, Greek Orthodox Community
  • Bischofsvikar Dr. Nicolae Dura, Romanian Orthodox Church
  • Bischof Dr. Michael Bünker, Protestant Church Community
  • Oberkirchenrat Mag. Richard Schreiber, Evangelical Reformed Church Austria
  • Pastor Lothar Pöll, Methodist Church
  • Dr. Heinz Fischer, Former Austrian President
  • Alois Stöger, Member of Parliament
  • Bürgermeister Dr. Michael Ludwig, Mayor of Vienna
  • Christian Klippl, Representative of the Austrian Roma and Sinti
  • Mag. Dr. Gerhard Baumgartner, Scientific Director of DÖW (Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance
  • Mag.a Hannah M. Lessing, General Secretary of the Republic of Austria National Fund
  • Caroline Pavitsits, State Youth Representative
  • Univ. Prof.in Dr.in Katja Sturm-Schnabl, Representative of the Slovenian Cultural Association
  • Christian Steup, BA, Chairmember of Homosexual Initiative (HOSI)
  • Dkfm. Dr. Franz Vranitzky, Former Chancellor of Austria
  • Dr. Erhard Busek, Former Vice Chancellor of Austria

Spokespersons for the founding organizations

  • Dr. Manfred Scheuer, Bishop of the Diocese of Linz
  • Oskar Deutsch, Jewish Communitysraelitische Kultusgemeinde
  • Wolfgang Katzian, President of the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions
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