Voices and thoughts

Personal statements by people who worked on this exhibit

Being one step ahead is the mission and philosophy of ...

Being one step ahead is the mission and philosophy of voestalpine. The exhibit covers the time period from 1938 to 1945 and is dedicated to the forced laborers under the national-socialistic regime at the Linz location of "Reichswerke Hermann Göring AG Berlin". It takes a look at the first years of the Linz location and comprehensively explores its history. Thousands of foreign forced laborers were used in Linz to build and operate the subsidiary of "Reichswerke Hermann Göring AG Berlin". Men and women, young people, prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners came from more than thirty different nations. In 1998, the largest collection of personnel files and salary slips (more than 38,000 documents of laborers forced to work in the Hermann Göring Works) found in Austria after the war served as the basis for a research project carried out by independent researchers. The appraisal and comprehensive assessment of these documents led to a repositioning of our historical corporate understanding. It is a priority of voestalpine to create an exhibit in remembrance of this period of time and to make it permanently available to the public. The people and their fates in the years from 1938 to 1945 are placed in the foreground. Such an exhibit is in response to the company’s own responsibility toward its history. voestalpine is fully aware that we can truly face the future only when we have dealt adequately with the past.

Gerhard Kürner (Director of Corporate Communications, voestalpine AG)

There are many names in history. This exhibit is ...

There are many names in history. This exhibit is concerned with uncovering the concrete living and working conditions of forced laborers, preserving the individual fates of individuals who should never be forgotten as well as promoting further understanding of contemporary history in general and this subject in particular.

Michaela Schober (Corporate History and Documentation, voestalpine AG)

In particular, the fate of children and young people, ...

In particular, the fate of children and young people, the nurseries for foreign races and what many Eastern workers had to endure after the war because they had been used as forced laborers by the Nazi regime, have affected me the most.

Alexandre Collon (Exhibit Conceptualization and Design, voestalpine Stahlwelt GmbH)

What I personally expect of this exhibit is not to ...

What I personally expect of this exhibit is not to erect a monument, but rather to create a space dedicated to the culture of remembrance providing a number of new aspects regarding the issue of forced labor. This can only be achieved through scientific reassessment of the past and multifaceted mediation work.

Leonhard Woldan (Project Assistant Corporate History and Documentation, voestalpine AG)

I am impressed by the way voestalpine handles this ...

I am impressed by the way voestalpine handles this tragic chapter of its corporate history. With this exhibit, the Group actively reaches out and interacts with the public. Dealing with the issue of forced labor in such a way requires a lot of foresight and courage.

Ulrike Schwarz (Exhibit Communications, voestalpine Stahlwelt GmbH)

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