Statement concerning our work at the Mauthausen-Gusen Memorial:
The international Memorial of Mauthausen-Gusen is a place of remembrance, commemoration and learning.
The international Memorial of Mauthausen-Gusen is a place of historic research and didactic historic and political education.
The international Memorial of Mauthausen-Gusen does not explain itself. Museal and educational preparation and accompaniment on site is necessary.
The international Memorial of Mauthausen-Gusen must not be understood in its international dimension only historically. Today, it is also an international Memorial. Its internationality is also to be integrated into all considerations concerning its future.
Statement on the future of the Mauthausen-Gusen Memorial:
The goals defined in the memorial-law §2 are to be implemented in full. In their day to day work, educators are doing their part in implementing these goals hands-on. The Initiative of Educators points out internal and external opportunities, as well as deficits, concerning the realisation of the goals laid down in the legislative text. This regards content-related questions concerning educational work in addition to the infrastructure and the consequential requirements.
The Initiative of Educators takes a stand for the Federal Office to have its main office in Mauthausen, with a branch (!) in Vienna, as provided for by statute §1. Therefore, the management needs to be in Mauthausen.
The international Memorial of Mauthausen-Gusen is the biggest Memorial in Austria. This fact does not oppose a decentralised commemorative culture.
The international Memorial of Mauthausen-Gusen needs an organisational and structural frame work, which ensures historic-scientific and pedagogic-didactic autonomy.
The international Memorial of Mauthausen-Gusen is a workplace for employees in diverse areas. The employees are to be given good labour conditions and a good working atmosphere. The employment of educators as “freie Dienstnehmer_innen” (=persons with a free service contract) and thus creating precarious conditions is contrary to the aspiration of equality amongst employees and it creates disintegration.