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Herbert Exenberger (1943-2009)

For participants of the Linz conferences of the 1970s through the 1990s it was a familiar view: When they arrived at the "Jägermayrhof", they caught sight of the long table of the conference secretariat, which was led by Johanna Lendwich. To her left Herbert Exenberger distributed copies of the proceedings of the previous conference to the representatives of the member institutions for the libraries of their institutes.

Herbert Exenberger himself was librarian. As a skilled electro engineer he caught up A-levels examinations, followed by an academic education as a librarian. 1970 he entered the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) and upgraded the formerly small library to an important centre for research into Austrian contemporary history. Due to his initiative the DÖW hosts now collections of clandestine leaflets and periodicals 1933-1945 and an Exile collection with unique copies of publications of Austrian émigrés in countries like the US, Great Britain, Mexico or Brazil.

Herbert Exenberger published and co-edited numerous books and articles with a special focus on the fate of Viennese Jews under Nazi rule. He died on 8 October 2009 at the age of 66.

Winfried Garscha