Work is to start this year on the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, which will house more than 8,000 documents from the archives of Simon Wiesenthal, who devoted his life to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. The centre will cost 14.5 million to establish, with annual running costs of around 2.5 million. The City of Vienna has promised financial support if the Austrian government also provides funding. Wiesenthal, who died in Vienna in 2005, requested that his archives remain in the city. The Israeli Kultusgemeinde Vienna (IKM) has provided the premises in central Vienna and will also contribute its archives to the new centre, making it the worlds largest archive of a Jewish community. The Institute should be fully operational by 2010.
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