25. October 2017

The heritage lives. Despite traumatized families and deformed images of history

Das Erbe lebt - Titelblatt

The fourth volume of the series deepens the family and public memory of the Shoah of our Jewish compatriots. The inheritance lives, because family and public memory of the Shoah of our Jewish compatriots in the southwestern Lower Austria presupposes that familial traumas and taboos are perceived and dealt with; that the prevailing histories are critically questioned and de-ideologized; that conciliatory attempts are made in the Jewish-Christian dialogue.

"Despite traumatized families and deformed images of history"

The volume therefore addresses the family memory of the readers themselves
her own family history, that is, her experiences as war children and
war grandchildren. The fourth volume deals with the interpretation patterns of Austrian history and shows to what extent the history of the Jewish compatriots belongs to our regional and Austrian identity.

In defiance
of all powers,
never bow,
show vigorously.

In addition to a series of additional and supplemented family stories of our Jewish compatriots, three of their special exponents are presented: Hans Becker, son-in-law of the industrialist family Lieser, advertising manager of the Ständestaate, Dachau prisoner and central figure of the most effective Austrian resistance network O5; Erlaufer Ernst Brod, who has worked on over 2,000 pages of his personal and political life; the psychotherapist and social pedagogue of international rank Rudolf Ekstein, who was concerned with the therapy of traumatized children and the reconciliation with Austria. About ecsteins working with students his biographer, the psychologist Elisabeth Steinwendter-Oberigern, a short report.

The public reminder of the deprivation of human rights and of human rights crimes committed in our region needs a reliable framework. It must be anchored in a pan-European culture of remembrance and needs reliable places and times in our region. These include places of learning, monuments, contemporary witnesses and experts, but above all young people who are currently upholding human rights and detesting humanity crimes. Too few righteous have resisted Nazi crime rule. Their decision of conscience, their commitment to the persecuted and their resistance to the rule of crime are the decisive criteria of public memory. These righteous were and remain the trustees of Austria.

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