Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences

Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung
Schörgelgasse 43
8010 Graz

Dr. Peter Ruggenthaler
Tel. +43 (0)316 822500-13


The main aim of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the research on consequences of war (BIK) is to carry out and promote interdisciplinary research on the effects and consequences of wars and conflicts in the broadest sense. These include political, economic, societal, social, humanitarian and cultural consequences.

In addition to research and publishing activities, the institute organises numerous scientific events and large exhibitions, and as a special service, offers relatives the possibility to conduct inquiries about prisoners of war, missed persons and forced labourers from World War II.

Cold War Interests: 

It is one of the institute's top priorities to make Soviet files from Russian archives accessible to the public. Numerous major projects in cooperation with broad international networks have been carried out since 1993: Prisoners of war in World War II, Soviet Occupation of Austria 1945-1955, the Vienna Summit 1961, the Prague Spring 1968, the revolutions in 1989, Secret Services in Austria etc.  

A large number of scientific works (source editions, monographs, anthologies) in German, English and Russian has been published so far, in particular in cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences, Harvard University and the Center Austria in New Orleans.