“The Causa Waldheim in the second half of the 80s rang in a new era in the official history of Austria, or so they say. But only ten years later, May 5 became the Austrian Memorial Day and the commission of historians was set up. First significant effects on the politics of remembrance work were recorded around the turn of the millennium, when international attention was high again. In 2007, first concrete steps were set towards a redesign of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial.
What is the overall balance today, a quarter of a century after the “Waldheim Affair”? What is the relationship between political declarations and social narratives relating to the Nazi era? Is the Republic committed to its responsibility, and what amount of responsibility does it actually take? What’s going on in the memorial landscape after the relevant days, when the spotlights swivel away? And how does Austria come off in an international comparison?
On the panel to discuss about this:
- Albert Lichtblau, associate professor in the department of history and deputy director of the Center for Jewish Cultural History at the University of Salzburg
- Ines Brachmann, Mediators Initiative at the Mauthausen-Gusen Memorial
- Ulrich Fuchs, deputy director of the European Capitals of Culture Linz09 and Marseille – Provence 2013
- Yariv Lapid, head of the Center for Humanistic Education in Lochamei Haghetaot
Hostess: Birgit Kirchmayr, assistant professor at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary History at the Johannes Kepler University Linz” quoted from: www.kepler-salon.at
Date and Time: 6. Mai 2014, 19:30
Location: Kepler Salon, Rathausgasse 5, 4020 Linz, Austria (Google Maps Link)