Cycle tours to contested sites of memory in post-nazism
FATHOMIZING MEMORY 2011
In recent years, alongside the persistent myth that Austria was the first victim of Nazism and the strategies employed to deflect any blame from itself, yet another historical master narrative has appeared: today, to a certain extent, Nazi crimes are a topic of public discussion. However, it is not unusual that these are discussed in a way that caters to depoliticization and lacks any potential to critically deal with (contemporary) history.
In place of anti-fascist approaches to the topic that critically regard society and contemporary life, there are more and more approaches that aim to establish identity by taking pride in remembrance, blanket moralization, drawing parallels with other crimes, an over-identification with the victims, and through the exclusion of migrants.
In opposition to the new moral that takes remembrance as a way of disposing of the theme altogether, this cycle tour makes a point of addressing the history of contested manifestations in public places. What is at stake here is the question of what the maxim of ›never forget‹ could mean today, and which demands and interventions are linked to updating it.
Cycle tour route:
* Burgtor am Heldenplatz
20.00 Uhr, Museumsquartier, Raum D/quartier 21
The discussion will be in german, but if there is a need of english translation,individuals will translate.
Cooperation partners: Martin Krenn, Peter Larndorfer, Plattform Geschichtspolitik within the frame of Fathomizing Memory (orange 94.0 Orangerie)
Project leader: Nora Sternfeld
Project team: Renate Höllwart
Acknowledgements. Karin Schneider und Cornelia Siebeck