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​RESEARCH PROJECT
Transnational Perceptions of the History of Nazism and the Holocaust | 2009–2011

›So, what does this have to do with me, anyway?‹

How do people make history? How do historians and teachers convey history? How do students and the general public perceive history? And what role do students and youth play—especially within a society in which there are multiple identities, and the impact of migration—where history can no longer be simplified and conveyed as a single national narrative? The variety of different and even contradictory perceptions of history, resulting from a range of traditions and experiences, and mediated through transnational processes that affect young people growing up in Austria today is largely unexplored. How easy or hard is it for students to accept Nazism and the Holocaust as integral parts of Austrian history? What is the influence of perspectives brought from abroad and experiences made outside Austria in this context? How does migration change the perception of the history of National Socialism and the Holocaust in Austrian schools and in Austrian society in general?

This project is designed to contribute to ongoing debates in historical research, education, museology, empirical social science and migration research. Beyond that, students will be encouraged to deal with essential topics of contemporary history and engage actively and reflexively in scholarly research. New instruments and methods for dealing with Nazism and the Holocaust in an environment of diversity and migration will be developed and implemented. The active participation of students as well as teachers at all levels of the research process is an essential and distinctive feature of the project’s approach. At the same time, the conditions for successful cooperation between science/scholarship, schools, and students in general will be evaluated.

The school becomes not only an object of research but is also turned into a place of knowledge production. Due to its use as a Gestapo prison in 1938, the very location of the Brigittenauer Gymnasium is of historical significance. Together with the students, interventions into the existing exhibition/memorial will be developed.

Events and Presentations
Gespräche zu Geschichtsvermittlung 1
Gespräche zu Geschichtsvermittlung 2
Gespräche zu Geschichtsvermittlung 3

In cooperation with PD Mag. Dr. Dirk Rupnow (Wien/Innsbruck) und Mag. Ines Garnitschnig (Wien)

Scientific cooperation partners: Institut für das künstlerische Lehramt, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien; Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut für Geschichte und Gesellschaft

Participating school: Nina Aichinger, Ömer Apaydin, Ali Asghari, Ahmed El Arby, Haluk Bülbül, Frederick Dabe, Tanju Ersungur, Judith Frühwirth, Besiana Grdela, Julia Herko, Nikola Ilić, Marijo Kajušić-Pavić, Gentiana Kaba, Maria Li, Patrick Marksteiner, Klaus Moser, Lisa Napravnik, Romana Prerad, Emil Proksch, Mustafa Şahan, Harald Sattler, Ayşegül Şeker, Baran Şengül, Asmaa Soliman, Paul Schutting, Milos Stanišić, Shivam Subhash, Mario Talaić, Bernhard Teuschl, Artur Tsal-Tsalko, Daniela Ujhazi, Egzon Ukehaxhaj, Nicolette Wikgolm, Natascha Wurm (Brigittenauer Gymnasium)

Project partners: Maria Hündler, Renate Pražak, Heldis Stepanik-Kögl, Michael Zahradnik (LehrerInnen Brigittenauer Gymnasium)

In collaboration with Angelika Stephanie Böhm, Isabella Bugnits, Tobias Dörler, Cornelia Hauer, Werner Prokop, Anna Schähle, Melanie Wurth (Studierende am Institut für das künstlerische Lehramt, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, im Rahmen des Vertiefungsfachs ›Schule und Vermittlung‹ von Maria Hündler)

Scholarly supervision: Marty Huber, Jasmina Janković, Martin Krenn, Peter Larndorfer, Hannah Landsmann, Walter Manoschek, Radostina Patulova, Heribert Schiedel, Adalbert Wagner

Interventions by: Kevin Dikme, Ibrahim Ertürk, Edin Feković, Milan Fischer, Oguzhan Günes, Yusuf Kılıc, Milos Kojić, Okan Kurt, Dejan Marinković, Adnan Mujović, Kosta Nastasijević, Sasa Ristić, Ibrahim Seyfi sowie Alfred Kampel und Ulrich Lastowicka, (Polytechnische Schule 20) und Werner Prokop

Design: Toledo i Dertschei

Project leader: Renate Höllwart, Dirk Rupnow
​Project team: Ines Garnitschnig, Elke Smodics-Kuscher, Nora Sternfeld

Acknowledgements: María do Mar Castro Varela, Ulrich Dertschei, Maria Ecker, José Einzinger, Mehmet Emir, Elke Gaugele, Christa Gelber-Wischetzky, Helmut Krischanitz, Yariv Lapid, Siegfried Mattl, Stephan Matyus, Astrid Messerschmidt, Alexander Pollak, David Salomonowitz, Monika Sommer, Karl Springer, Teres Stockinger, Harold Taylor, Dipl. Ing. A. Winkler & CO Baugesellschaft m.b.H., Margaret Witek, Veronika Wöhrer sowie Irmi Egger, Alois Kinast, Kurt Neuhold, Uschi Schreiber und Robert Sommer vom Aktionsradius Wien

 

This project was supported by the Sparkling Science funding program of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research