For those of you who do have ROOTS in Austria: there is a camp in Austria this summer, on which you could come: July 9th to 19th, 2006.
Project: Spurensuche/ Back to the Roots 2006

The youth exchange project Spurensuche/ Back to the Roots is initiated by the Republic of Austria and takes place every year since 1994. This year 15 Israelis are invited to visit Austria for 10 days and join 15 Austrians for a trip through “landscape and history”. Besides cultural exchange, new friendships and the chance to get an individual insight into nowadays Austrian society, the main objective of this project is to offer the possibility to trace the roots and marks of your family and relatives in Austria - and to be joined for this task by young Austrians. For this reason we are looking for people with close family connections to Austria and a high personal motivation to visit the country/land of their ancestors and/ or to look into archival files. The young Austrians will also be chosen according to their commitment and seriousness to look into their own family biography as well as to their interest to meet people from Israel.

Among other things the program entails:
A one-and-a-half-days hiking tour in the Austrian mountains (bring your rain-jacket and real hiking boots ), a visit to the memorial site of the former concentration camp of Mauthausen, encounter with today’s Jewish life and culture in Austria. Furthermore, a visit to the National Fund of the Republic of Austria, which deals with claims of and restitution payments for the victims of the Holocaust is envisaged. And there is more besides lots of fun...

What we expect from you:
 Age: 17 to 25 years, good communication skills in English
 Israelis: People with close family connection to Austria, e.g. grandparents who lived in Austria and fled to Israel.
 Austrians: commitment to deal with the Second World War-period and the Holocaust, especially in the context of your own family.
 Openness, Sensibility and Motivation.
 Compulsory participation in the preparation seminar.

What you might want to know:
 You will have to pay for your flight to Austria. During your stay your expenses (food, travel, acommodation) will be fully covered by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs and Generations.
 Preparation Seminar for Austrians: June, 17th (Vienna; ) for Israelis: Info at Austrian Embassy
 “Back to the roots-journey”: Sunday, July 9th until Wednesday, July 19th 2006

 Application deadline: May, 15th 2006
 You will be informed about acceptance: June 2006
 Further details concerning the application criteria can be found at:
 Please send your complete application till May 15th to Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Generations and Consumer Affairs, Sandra Konrad, Franz-Josefs-Kai 51, 1010 Vienna, Austria OR

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