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Since the 1980s, the politics of remembrance and the central place held by the Holocaust therein have moved into the focus of a global cultural policy debate. Triggered by popular formats such as TV series, the establishment of Holocaust museums, and the erection of memorial sites and memorials, and by documentations, feature films, plays, as well as exhibitions, the highly controversial debate has addressed and continues to address the question of the sense and form of Holocaust remembrance as well as its possibilities and limits.


The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) understands its educational mission as the task of preserving the visibility of the cultural context of remembrance and the media anthropological background as well as the discursive context of popular remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides for its audience. The materiality and the act of remembrance itself are focussed on by making these the very topic and issue of educational questions. This is achieved on the one hand via academic debate and reasoning, on the other by testing the issue in various contexts by experiment. The latter takes place in the framework of “Interventions in Public Spaces”, involving especially artists and writers.




Echoes, memories, and aftereffects – resonances – are usually laden with emotion, sentimental and individual. The aim of this event series is therefore to cultivate anew a conversation beyond the today much discussed ‘echo chambers’ of social media and to offer a space for mutual thought and reflection – in other words for resonating – at the intersection of living memory, collective memory, and scholarly analysis: Different aspects of, approaches to, and perspectives on the research areas of the VWI will be sounded out here; intergenerational conversations will be enabled; questioning, ruminating, and doubting will be allowed – borrowing freely from the words of Bertolt Brecht and Marcel Reich-Ranicki: “Curtains closed and all the questions open.”


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Matinee „Tanzen nach Auschwitz“

Sunday, 12. November 2017, 11:00 - 14:00

Rote Bar, Volkstheater, Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Wien


Aus Anlass der Aufführung von Strandflieder oder Die Euphorie des Seins am 9. November 2017 wird am Sonntag darauf ein Podiumsgespräch vertiefende Informationen über den historischen Hintergrund und den Leidensweg der Protagonistin, die tänzerischen und choreographischen Aspekte und Fragen der Aufführung, über die Geschichte und Idee der Budapester Produktion, aber auch über die Arbeit an der Verfilmung der Präsentation bieten.

Am Podium sitzen

Éva Fahidi, Budapest – Hauptdarstellerin der Produktion
Réka Szabó, Budapest – Regisseurin
Götz Aly, Berlin - Historiker
Nicole Haitzinger, Salzburg – Theater- und Tanzwissenschaftlerin
Éva Kovács, Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI)

Wilhelm Droste, Budapest

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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is funded by:


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