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voestalpine opens the Exhibit of Contemporary History 1938–1945

Viktoria Steininger
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Opening of the Exhibit of Contemporary History 1938–1945, dedicated to the forced laborers under the National Socialist regime at the Linz location of “Reichswerke Hermann Göring AG Berlin.”

Historical Exhibit

New Historical Exhibit 1938-1945 (Copyright: voestalpine Stahlwelt GmbH)

This place of remembrance will be opening its doors in early November 2014: the Exhibit of Contemporary History 1938–1945, dedicated to the forced laborers under the National Socialist regime at the Linz location of “Reichswerke Hermann Göring AG Berlin.” The focus is on the forced laborers of Reichswerke Hermann Göring in Linz, the stories of their lives, and their fate. The exhibition looks back at the early years of the Linz site and delves into its history—comprehensively and mindfully.

Thousands of forced laborers from other countries worked on the building and operation of “Reichswerke Hermann Göring AG Berlin” in Linz: men and women, young people and children from more than thirty nations. This exhibition is dedicated to these people.

The exhibit

voestalpine-Zeitgeschichteausstellung-03This exhibit is intended to be a permanent one that invites and encourages the visitor to engage with the past. The people and their stories are the focus of the exhibition, and the visitors can accompany them on their life journey and their ordeal through four areas that build upon each other. The victims of the NS forced labor system are given a voice in audio documents, which are accompanied by a series of comprehensive explanations, visual materials, and multi-media stations. Around 38,000 personnel files and salary slips from the Linz operations of the Reichswerke Hermann Göring in the years from 1938 to 1945 form the basis of this comprehensive exhibition.

Opening Ceremony of the Historical Exhibit

Opening Ceremony of the Historical Exhibit: (from left to right) Klaus Luger, Mayor of the city of Linz, Oliver Rathkolb, Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Vienna, Wolfgang Eder, CEO voestalpine AG

voestalpine is the first company in Austria to engage with the subject of NS forced labor in a permanent exhibition and to make it accessible to the public. voestalpine is doing this in response to its responsibility vis-à-vis its own history. It is fully aware that the company can only face the future when it has come to grips with its past. voestalpine Stahlwelt is responsible for the operation of the permanent exhibit.

Opening hours and admission

The exhibit is in the Group headquarters at the Linz location, and it is permanently accessible to the public:

  • Pre-registered groups: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Individual visitors: every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Viktoria Steininger