A new Holocaust research center designed to build on the work of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal was in jeopardy on Tuesday because of a row between researchers and a Jewish group over access to archives.
The institute would be a research outpost of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization which helped to track down Nazi war criminals. It was intended to provide research and documentation of anti-Semitism, racism and the Holocaust.
But project researcher Anton Pelinka said the group representing Vienna's Jewish community (IKG) had blocked access to the community archive for months despite having initially given the go-ahead.
Someone does NOT want to allow too close a look at Wiesenthal's papers!