Fest der Freude

On 8 May 2019, more than 10,000 people celebrated the end of Nazi terror with us at the Festival of Joy in Vienna. Here the millions who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis were also remembered. This also commemorates all those who rejected the Nazi claim to power, who resisted, and who fought with Allied troops for the liberation of Austria.

Save the date: 8 May 2020

Information on the Festival of Joy 2020 will be available here in the coming months. For urgent inquiries, contact 01/2128333.


Shaul Spielmann

Holocaust survivor Shaul Spielmann

​Shaul Spielmann is a Holocaust survivor. He is still active today as an eyewitness and works especially with young people toward "Never Again".

Shaul was born in Vienna. He was arrested in Vienna in 1942 and deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Spielmann survived six concentration camps, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp and the Mauthausen concentration camp system. In May 1945 he was liberated by the US Army from what was for him the worst concentration camp: Gunskirchen. However, solidarity was of great importance for his survival and remains important today.

More information

Wiener Symphoniker

Cultural ambassador

Program 2019

Everything at a glance
Fest der Freude 2019 © MKÖ/Sebastian Philipp
Fest der Freude 2019 © MKÖ/Sebastian Philipp
Fest der Freude 2019 © MKÖ/Sebastian Philipp
Fest der Freude 2019 © MKÖ/Sebastian Philipp
Tag der Befreiung

Fest der Freude 2019

Statements Fest der Freude 2019

Willkommensworte von MKÖ-Vorsitzender Mernyi

Festrede von Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen

KZ-Überlebender Shaul Spielmann appellierte beim Fest der Freude für Solidarität

Gespräch mit Daniel Chanoch und Shaul Spielmann


Mauthausen Committee Austria

The Mauthausen Committee Austria (MKÖ) has organised the Festival of Joy since 2013 to celebrate the day of liberation.


Visitor information

The concert begins at 7.30 PM and is planned to end at around 9.30 PM.

The 8 May

End of II World War

May 8th is the date of the unconditional capitulation of the German Wehrmacht and the official end of World War Two in Europe.

Further dates

Other dates for your calendar

The Mauthausen Committee Austria – in cooperation with partners – will be organising more than 90 international memorial and liberation events around 8th May.