30 May 2017

Exhibition about the Gusen camp open in Vienna

Category: Exhibitions, XXw, News, Social history, Political history, Memory studies


Exhibition about the Gusen camp history with discussion at the University of Vienna

On Monday, 29 May, at the University of Vienna the exhibition “Gusen: Granite, Death, Remembrance and Oblivion” was open. The opening was accompanied by an academic seminar at the Institute of the Eastern Europe about the place of the camp experience in actual and future landscapes of cultural memory. The panelists considered topics including whether that experience will be still alive and important or will remain only as a memory ritualized to a few symbolic gestures, renewed annually on the occasion of the liberation. Taking part in the discussion were Gerhard Botz from the Institute of Modern History, Piotr Filipkowski from the University of Vienna and the Polish Academy of Sciences, Dariusz Pawłoś from the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation, Heidemarie Uhl from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the director of the Polish History Museum, Robert Kostro.

The exhibition about Gusen is the recently realized exhibit enterprise by MHP together with the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation, and with funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The exhibition was prepared in framework of a broader project realized by the Polish History Museum, initiated by Minister Magadelna Gawin (Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage), which aims at regaining memory about the concentration camp KL Gusen as a site of martyrology of the Polish intelligentsia. Its presentation in Austria was facilitated by the Polish Embassy in Vienna with support of the Ignacy Łukasiewicz PGNiG Foundation.

The specific aim of the exhibition is to revive the memory of Gusen, the largest of the camps in the KL Mauthausen-Gusen camp system.

Source: Polish History Museum

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