New EHRI Webinar 14 December | The Digital Remembrance Landscape of Austria

Tuesday, 14 November, 2023

Digital Mapping - Digital Memory

December 14, 2023 | 3.00 PM CET on Zoom

The Digital Memory Landscape Austria (DERLA) is a documentation and education project. It documents the places and signs of remembrance of the victims and places of terror of National Socialism in Austria and aims at a critical examination of National Socialism and fascism and the remembrance of them. The interdisciplinary cooperation project also aims to develop new concepts for digital remembrance education.

"Places of remembrance", memorials, memorial plaques, memorial sites as well as street and place names after resistance fighters and victims of the Nazi regime are the materializations of historical consciousness in everyday life. A look at the landscape of remembrance in the present therefore provides an insight into the collective memory of Austrian society on the one hand. On the other hand, dealing with the history of its origins reveals the cycles of this process. The questions to be constantly asked, what, when, where, and by whom and how was and is remembered, are the guiding principles of the project and give us insights into the transformations of the confrontation with the National Socialist legacy. Also, they are an expression of our political and social self-image in the present.

Based on these assumptions, DERLA, through the cooperation of historians, didacticians and experts of Digital Humanities, presents places of remembrance (memorial signs such as monuments, street names, or commemorative plaques) of the Nazi victims and places of Nazi terror on the homepage and offers specially developed teaching and learning materials. The addressees are young people as well as a historical and political public.

Deep mapping methods are used to enter signs of remembrance of the victims of National Socialism and the places of Nazi terror in a digital map and to link them to questions of education. In the process, analogue signs become digital data sets that can be placed in relation to each other and linked together.

In the webinar, the DERLA project will be presented, and concrete questions of digitization and mediation in education will be explored.

Victoria Kumar, PhD, is a historian and heads the ERINNERN:AT program at OeAD - Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalization; previously a research associate at the Center for Jewish Studies Graz University, Austria and the Center for Austrian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Research interests: History of National Socialism and the Holocaust, flight and exile to/in Palestine/Israel, anti-Semitism, oral history, cultures of memory, digital mapping.

Gerald Lamprecht, Professor of Jewish History and Contemporary History and Head of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Graz. Research focus: European Jewish History, Holocaust Studies, History of Antisemitism and Memory Studies


Join the Webinar on Zoom on 14 December 2023, 3:00 PM CET. No registration required.

Meeting ID: 860 5572 4662
Passcode: 543219

Image Kumar: European Forum at the Hebrew University

Image Lamprecht: Uni Graz/Tzivanopoulos

Image top of the page: Weg in Gedenken an Hans Roch. ​Foto: Sabrina Melcher

Hans Roch (1900–1945), Hilfsarbeiter aus Kapfenberg, war im Widerstand der KPÖ in Kapfenberg aktiv. Er wurde Anfang des Jahres 1940 festgenommen und vom Volksgerichtshof zu sechs Jahren Zuchthaus verurteilt. Nach der Befreiung wirkte er als Hilfs-Gendarm in Kapfenberg. Dabei wurde er am 21. Juni 1945 irrtümlich von einem sowjetischen Soldaten erschossen.