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Friday, 19 January 2024
St. Georgen an der Gusen
House of Remembrance
Marcel-Callo-Straße 3
Oberösterreich
Marcel Callo Foto: © Gedenkdienstkomitee Gusen
18:00

Opening of the exhibition "Marcel Callo - Victim of Gusen II" with film screening at the House of Remembrance

In 1943 the young Frenchman, scout and member of the Catholic Workers' Movement was conscripted to Nazi forced labour manufacturing small arms in Thuringia. There he took care of his comrades, founded sports groups, organised forbidden church services and made contact with French prisoners of war who were imprisoned nearby. Detention, Gotha prison, starvation and forced  labour again, deportation to Gusen II, where he was maltreated to death in the "Bergkristall" mine. The young Frenchman spent the last days of his life until his death in the Mauthausen "Sonderrevier".

2024 marks the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Gusen II Concentration Camp. The exhibition will be open until May 2024.

Saturday, 27 January 2024
Wels
Minoriten Wels
Rainerstraße 2
Oberösterreich
KLANG ZEICHEN SETZEN Wels
19:30

KLANG ZEICHEN SETZEN - An event against violence on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Joana RADZYNER, historian and long-time ORF journalist, reads from her book "Sklavenarbeit unter dem Hakenkreuz" (Slave labour under the Swastika), which she authored together with Reinhard ENGEL. She will also read from a volume of poetry by her mother Tamara.

The A CAPELLA CHOR WELS under the direction of Julia AUER will contrast these haunting, oppressive (dark) texts with "light music" from the 1930s and 1940s as a counterpoint.

Sunday, 28 January 2024
Klagenfurt
Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt
Goethepark 1
Kärnten
10:00

Matinee on International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt

The City of Klagenfurt and the Advisory Board for the Culture of Remembrance and Commemoration invite you to the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day matinee: Sunday, 28 January at 10:00 am at Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt. This year's keynote speaker will be Ernst GRUBE, born in 1932.

Welcome and opening: Mayor Christian SCHEIDER
Contemporary witness and keynote speaker: Ernst GRUBE
Musical accompaniment: Duo Masis (Anna HAKOBYAN and Karen ASATRIAN)
Moderation: Nadja DANGLMAIER

Wednesday, 31 January 2024
Gallneukirchen
Memorial for Peace
Anton-Riepl-Straße/Gallneukirchner Straße
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier beim Mahnmal für den Frieden © Huber
19:00

Memorial rally for the "Mühlviertler Manhunt" at the Memorial for Peace

The Mauthausen Committee Gallneukirchen invites you to a memorial rally at the Memorial for Peace in Gallneukirchen.

Memorial stone of Diakoniewerk
Hauptstraße 3
Oberösterreich
19:45

Memorial rally on "Euthanasia murders - unworthy life" at the memorial stone of Diakoniewerk

After the memorial celebration at the Memorial for Peace, a memorial rally on the subject of "Euthanasia murders - worthless life" will take place at the memorial stone of Diakoniewerk in Gallneukirchen.

Wednesday, 14 February 2024
Wels
Bildungshaus Schloss Puchberg
Puchberg 1
Oberösterreich
19:30

Political Ash Wednesday

The well-known Austrian filmmaker, science journalist and author Kurt LANGBEIN will participate in the 14th Ash Wednesday Talk organised by the Wels Initiative against Fascism at the Schloss Puchberg Education Centre.

In conversation with journalist and Antifa activist Marina WETZLMAIER, the award-winning non-fiction author, director and producer will talk about his many years of work and his socio-political approach to time-critical topics such as health, the environment and democracy.

Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to exchange ideas over classic herring cheese and drinks.

Friday, 23 February 2024
Mauthausen
Donausaal Mauthausen
Josef-Czerwenka-Straße 4
Oberösterreich
20:00

"No one has the right to obey" (Hannah Arendt) - Commemorative event on the "Mühlviertel Manhunt".

In commemoration of the "Mühlviertel Manhunt", perspektive mauthausen is organising an eventing about law and justice with music and literature.

Konstanze BREITEBNER will read. The music program will be provided by HAUSGEMACHT.

Saturday, 24 February 2024
Wels
Bildungshaus Schloss Puchberg
Puchberg 1
Oberösterreich
14:00

40th anniversary of the Wels Initiative against Fascism

Numerous Elfriede-Grünberg-award laureates will attend. There will be an extensive program with musical accompaniment.

Tuesday, 12 March 2024
Wels
Bildungshaus Schloss Puchberg
Puchberg 1
Oberösterreich
19:00

Book presentation "Brüchiges Schweigen" (engl. Fragile silence) by Brigitte HALBMAYR

The book presentation of Brigitte HALBMAYR's "Brüchiges Schweigen" will take place in cooperation with the Bildungshaus Schloss Puchberg and Willi ACHLEITNER.

Thursday, 21 March 2024
Oberwart
Offenes Haus Oberwart OHO
Lisztgasse 12
Burgenland
17:00 - 20:00

Conference: "Never Again is Now" - RE.F.U.G.I.U.S.

Commemoration and remembrance during times of war, hatred, and violence.

RE.F.U.G.I.U.S. has invited the following speakers:

Danielle SPERA, former ORF journalist, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna from 2010 to 2022
This concerns all of us! - Current thoughts and comments on commemoration, remembrance, and civil society

Maximilian LAKITSCH, Senior Scientist with a focus on Global Governance at the Institute for Foundations of Law at Karl-Franzens University of Graz
Austria's role as a supporter of the State of Israel

Walter MANOSCHEK, retired associate professor of Political Sciences
Germany’s and Austria's past and the war in Gaza

Katharina TIWALD, freelance writer, teacher
The everlasting discourse: the role of history lessons at a school of many origins

Host: Walter REISS

Sunday, 24 March 2024
Rechnitz
Kreuzstadl
Geschriebensteinstraße
Burgenland
Gedenkfeier Kreuzstadl Rechnitz Burgenland
14:00

Commemoration of all victims of the construction of the South-East Wall

Paul GULDA, RE.F.U.G.I.U.S.
Andor GROSZ, president of the association of Hungarian communities of Jews Mazsihisz
Rabbi Schlomo HOFMEISTER, welcoming speech
Representatives of the Jewish communities of Zalaegerszeg and Szombathely
Music: Bogdan LAKETIC

Schlachthaus
Steinamangerstr. 41a
Burgenland
15:15

Unveiling of the Memorial of the Victims of the Slaughterhouse Massacre

In memory of 18 Hungarian Jews who were murdered by fanatic National Socialists shortly before the end of the war, on 25 March 1945. They were shot and hurriedly buried in the middle of a field. In 1970 their bodies were exhumed and buried with dignity.

Welcoming speech: Christine TEUTSCHLER

About the memorial:

Artistic designer: Wolfgang A. HORWATH
Speech: Judith PFEFFER, National Fund of the Republic of Austria for the Victims of National Socialism
Music: Bogdan LAKETIC

Naturpark Mittelschule
Schulgasse 10
Burgenland
16:15

Book presentation "Rechnitz. The Slaughterhouse Massacre in March 1945"

On 24 March 1945, up to 180 Jewish Hungarian forced labourers were murdered in Rechnitz at the Kreuzstadl.
The massacre on 25 March 1945 is less known. Near the slaughterhouse, 18 Hungarian Jews were shot and killed. This publication is dedicated to the memory of these "almost forgotten" victims.

Welcoming speech: Mayor Martin KRAMELHOFER and Dir. Vera TANGL
Presentation: Walter REISS in conversation with Eva SCHWARZMAYER
Music: Bogdan LAKETIC & Paul GULDA

Wednesday, 27 March 2024
Wiener Neustadt
Memorial near the Serbenhalle
Pottendorferstraße 47
Niederösterreich
Wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the former satellite camp Wiener Neustadt © Michael Rosecker
10:00

Wreath ceremony at the site of the former Wiener Neustadt Satellite Camp

at the memorial near the Serbenhalle in an intimate setting with representatives of the city

Friday, 29 March 2024
Hinterbrühl
Memorial
Johannesstraße 16-32
Niederösterreich
Gedenkfeier am Ort des ehem. KZ-Außenlagers Hinterbrühl © MKÖ
14:30

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Hinterbrühl Satellite Camp with prayer at the Way of Sorrows

Participants can visit five different stations at the Way of Sorrows with varying themes and musical accompaniment.

Monday, 1 April 2024
Guntramsdorf / Wiener Neudorf
Details about the venue: TBA
Niederösterreich
00:00

"Disappeared Wiener Neudorf Residents"

Presentation of research findings on the victims of National Socialism in Wiener Neudorf.

Friday, 5 April 2024
Hirtenberg
At the park outside Hirtenberg Middle School
Corner of B18/Enzesfelder Straße
Niederösterreich
15:00

Unveiling of a stele at the site of the former Hirtenberg Satellite Camp

Saturday, 6 April 2024
Peggau
Protestant Church
St. Margarethenstraße 4
Steiermark
15:00

Memorial trail

in memory of the prisoners' march from the sites of forced labour to the former concentration camp site

Concentration Camp Memorial Peggau
Mittereggstraße 1
Steiermark
Commemoration ceremony in Peggau © Dr. Santowski
16:00

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Peggau Satellite Camp

Monday, 8 April 2024
Linz
Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour
Volksgartenstraße 40
Oberösterreich
08:30

Hermann-Langbein-Symposium from 8 April to 12 April 2024

For more than 40 years, the seminar "Ideology and reality of National Socialism", better known as the "Hermann-Langbein-Symposium”, has been a substantial module for continuing education on the topic of the "Nazi era in Austria". The symposium aims at raising awareness about the atrocities of the National Socialists and offering extensive knowledge and information about anti-fascist educational work for teachers of all school types. Since the place where the seminar is held is close to the Mauthausen and Hartheim memorials, excursions to these sites and their educational offers are possible.

The seminar is accessible to everyone, and attending individual lectures only is also possible. It is the longest running event within the teacher training activities.

Tuesday, 16 April 2024
Enns
Auerspergsaal Schloss Ennsegg
Schloßgasse 4
Oberösterreich
Jack Hersch beim Denkmal
19:30

Reading by Jack HERSCH from his book "Escape on the Death March"

The US-American Jack HERSCH reads from his book about his father David HERSCH, who managed to escape during the death march from Mauthausen to Gunskirchen in April 1945. He was hidden by the FRIEDMANN family in Kristein and thus survived.

Wednesday, 17 April 2024
Enns und Ennsdorf
Basilica of St. Laurenz
Lauriacumstraße 4
Oberösterreich
Gedenken in Ennsdorf
16:00

"David Hersch Memorial March" in Enns and Ennsdorf

Together we will walk part of the route that David HERSCH had to take in April 1945. His son Jack HERSCH and the historian Angelika SCHLACKL will provide additional information. The new memorial to the victims of the death marches, which was opened by the Mauthausen Committee in October 2022, will also be presented.

Wels
Jewish cemetery
Garnisonstraße 20
Oberösterreich
18:30

Commemoration at the Jewish cemetery in Wels

The Wels Initiative against Fascism invites you to a commemoration at the Jewish cemetery in Wels with Christine HAIDEN, author, journalist, and president of the Upper Austrian Press Club.

Enns
Basilica of St. Laurenz
Lauriacumstraße 4
Oberösterreich
Gedenken Basilikastiege Enns
19:00

Commemoration of the victims of the Enns death marches at the Enns-St. Laurenz Basilica

Memorial service for the 87 victims who were buried at the Enns cemetery. Thanks to recent research, some of the names of those murdered are now known. We will commemorate with words and music.

Thursday, 18 April 2024
St. Aegyd am Neuwalde
Kulturstadel St. Aegyd
Marktplatz
Niederösterreich
Gedenkfeier St. Aegyd am Neuwalde © GISTA
18:30

Commemoration ceremony at the site of former St. Aegyd satellite camp

The commemoration ceremony on the annual theme of "Law and Justice in National Socialism" will be organised by students from St. Aegyd Middle School with content and music. As always, the event will conclude with a silent march from the Kulturstadel to the concentration camp memorial site.

Friday, 19 April 2024
Stadt Salzburg
Memorial for Roma und Sinti
Ignaz Rieder Kai 21
Salzburg
Gedenkfeier beim Mahnmal für Roma und Sinti in Salzburg © MKÖ
11:00

Commemoration at the memorial for Roma and Sinti

The Cultural Association of Austrian Roma, in co-operation with the Salzburg Peace Office, invites you to a commemoration ceremony at the memorial for Roma and Sinti.

During the National Socialist regime, Roma and Sinti from the city and the rural regions of Salzburg were rounded up at the former trotting track in the city of Salzburg and taken from there to the Maxglan Camp. Due to the "Auschwitz Decree", the Maxglan Camp was closed at the end of March/beginning of April 1943. The majority of the approximately 300 Roma and Sinti were deported to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. A smaller group was sent to the so-called "Gypsy Detention Camp" in Lackenbach.

Sunday, 21 April 2024
Melk
Tischlerei Melk Kulturwerkstatt
Abt Karl-Straße 27a
Niederösterreich
18:00

Panel discussion "The Captivation of Authoritarianism"

In commemoration of 80 years since the construction of the Melk Satellite Camp and celebrating 30 years since the MERKwürdig Association was established.

"Remembering means working on the future", writes Aleida ASSMANN. In light of increasing anti-democratic and fascist tendences all across Europe, the panel discussion will cover topics such as authoritarianism, fascism, and anti-democracy in a world that is greatly affected by digital media. Practical counterstrategies will be a particular focus.

The panellists:
Tamara EHS: Political scientist
Simon STRICK: Cultural and media scientist and author
Natascha STROBL: Political scientist and publicist

Tuesday, 23 April 2024
Ansfelden
Ansfelden Primary School/Kremsbrücke Ansfelden
Anton-Bruckner-Straße 10
Oberösterreich
08:00

Never forget - GEH.DENKEN 2024

"We walk, we think, and we act for Peace." This is the title of the project "Human Rights Education - Political Education in Primary Schools" focussing on local contemporary history in 4th grade.

What happened 79 years ago at the Kremsbrücke? Near the Kremsbrücke in Ansfelden, students commemorate the victims of the death marches Jews had to undertake from Mauthausen to Gunskirchen.

Wednesday, 24 April 2024
Ansfelden
Kremsbrücke Gasthof Stockinger
Ritzlhofstraße 63/65
Oberösterreich
GEHDENKEN Nettingsdorf/Ansfelden Menschenkreis
18:00

Commemoration 2024: "Everyone is Someone - Law and Justice"

Equality in value and dignity: This is what makes us human beings. In this world, where oppression is the rule and liberation the exception, we need stories of a different world, a world where justice and law are the basis of our coexistence.

Commemoration of the victims and survivors of the death marches for Jews from Mauthausen/Gusen to Gunskirchen near Kremsbrücke and Gasthaus Stockinger.

Friday, 26 April 2024
Klagenfurt
Burghof
Burggasse 8
Kärnten
16:00

Memorial walk for the victims of the NS justice system in Klagenfurt

Meeting point: Burghof in Klagenfurt

Regional Court Klagenfurt
Josef-Wolfgang-Dobernig-Straße 2
Kärnten
17:00

Memorial walk for the victims of NS justice system in Klagenfurt

Meeting point: Regional Court Klagenfurt

Saturday, 27 April 2024
Fürstenfeld
Memorial to the victims of the Nazi death marches of 1945
Stadtpark
Steiermark
Mahnwache der K.Ö.St.V. Riegersburg (MKV) gegen Neo-Nazismus, Gewalt und Extremismus
12:00 - 13:00

"Law and Justice in National Socialism" - Vigil of the K.Ö.St.V. Riegersburg (MKV) against Neo-Nazism, violence, and extremism

The vigil will take place at the memorial to the victims of the Nazi death marches of 1945 in Fürstenfeld municipal park. Speakers: K.Ö.St.V. Riegersburg

Tuesday, 30 April 2024
Wien-Simmering
Gasthaus "Zur Bast"
Haidestraße 22, Oriongasse
Wien
Befreiungsfeier Wien Simmering © Andreas Schwantner
00:00

Commemoration at the former Wien Saurer-Werke Satellite Camp

Thursday, 2 May 2024
Ebensee
Kulturverein Kino Ebensee
Schulgasse 6
Oberösterreich
10:30

Scenic theatre by "teatro caprile" on the subject of "Youth under the Swastika"

Performance for students

Kulturverein Kino Ebensee
Schulgasse 6
Oberösterreich
20:00

Scenic theatre by "teatro caprile" on the subject of "Youth under the Swastika"

Evening performance

Friday, 3 May 2024
Gleisdorf
Memorial
Rathausplatz
Steiermark
Gedenkfeier Gleisdorf Steiermark © MKÖ/Seereiter Wolfgang
10:30 - 11:30

Commemoration ceremony at the Rathausplatz Memorial

Contemporary witnesses: Gabriella GOLDMANN and Norbert ZECHNER
Music: Jose OBESO, Gleisdorf Music School
Participants: Students of Gleisdorf Middle School, BG/BRG Gleisdorf

St. Valentin
Herzograd Memorial
Anna-Strasser-Platz
Niederösterreich
Gedenkfeier in St. Valentin
17:00

"Law and Justice in National Socialism" - Commemoration ceremony in St. Valentin

with political scientist and author Petra RAMSAUER, ORF moderator Tarek LEITNER and theologian and editor of the Linzer KirchenZeitung Josef WALLNER.

The art installation "Stein unter Bewachung" by the Japanese-German artist Seiji KIMOTO will be unveiled.
Musical accompaniment: "Singgemeinschaft FREIHEIT"
Participation in the commemoration ceremony: Students of IMS Langenhart

Spital am Pyhrn
St. Leonhard Cemetery
Pyhrnstraße 165
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier für die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus im "Fremdvölkischen Kinderheim", Spital am Pyhrn
17:00

Commemoration ceremony of the victims of National Socialism at the "Fremdvölkisches Kinderheim"

Braunau am Inn
Memorial stone in Salzburger Vorstadt
Salzburger Vorstadt 15
Oberösterreich
Gedenkstunde beim Gedenkstein für die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus, Braunau am Inn
18:00

Commemoration at the memorial for victims of National Socialism

Ceremony for the victims of war and National Socialism in Braunau

Speaker: Karl MARKOVICS
Musical accompaniment: Braunau Democratic Choir

In case of bad weather, the commemoration ceremony will take place at the VAZ event centre of the city of Braunau.

Saturday, 4 May 2024
Gunskirchen
Memorial
Bundesstraße 1
Oberösterreich
Gunskirchen Walk of Solidarity © MKÖ
10:00

"Walk of Solidarity"

After the wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial on the Bundesstraße, the "Walk of Solidarity" will begin at around 10.15 am.

KZ Cemetery
Oberösterreich
Befreiungsfeier Gunskirchen/Oberösterreich © MKÖ
10:30

Liberation ceremony at the site of the former Gunskirchen Satellite Camp

Welcome: Christian SCHÖFFMANN, Mayor of Gunskirchen
Speakers: Dr Rudolf SCHOLTEN, former Federal Minister and György FRISCH, representative of the Hungarian Jews
Closing remarks: Werner RETZL, Chairman of the Wels Initiative against Fascism

The liberation ceremony will take place with the participation of the Gunskirchen secondary school, the Gunskirchen music school and the Singkreis Edt.

Mauthausen
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Erinnerungsstraße 1
Oberösterreich
10:00 - 17:00

Walking tour at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial and discussion meeting focusing on female prisoners

As a part of the feminist commemoration of women, there will be two walking tours at the concentration camp memorial (one of them with translation into Austrian sign language) and a discussion meeting.

Ebensee
Concentration Camp Memorial Ebensee
Max-Zieger-Straße
Oberösterreich
10:30

Liberation ceremony at the site of the former Ebensee Satellite Camp

Memorial lecture by Niklas FRANK

Melk
Tischlerei Melk Kulturwerkstatt
Abt Karl-Straße 27a
Niederösterreich
Kurator:innen Rob und Elisabeth Perez © Lorin Canaj
10:30

Opening reception of the Street Art Festival "Handreichung" to celebrate 30 years of MERKwürdig

Austrian as well as international artists display the over 38 native languages of the prisoners of the Melk Satellite Camp. The artworks will temporarily affect the appearance of the World Heritage city of Melk from 4 May to 28 September 2024.

The artists and curators will attend the opening reception. There will be music by Baba Yaga, a wild Balkans-Klezmer-Crossover-Combo.

Gusen
Gusen Concentration Camp Memorial, Appellplatz (150 metres east of the crematorium)
Georgestraße 7
Oberösterreich
Liberation ceremony at the site of former Gusen satellite camp 2023, Zalewski
17:00

Liberation ceremony at the site of the former Gusen Satellite Camp

The liberation ceremony is dedicated to the theme: "The Roll Call Square. Place of Murder, Place of Torture. What happend here back then? What did the prisoners have to stand here for?"
Our response: Place of Encounter.

At the end of the commemoration, a wreath ceremony will take place near the former crematorium.

Sunday, 5 May 2024
Mauthausen
Memorial for Roma and Sinti, Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Erinnerungsstraße 1
Oberösterreich
09:00

Commemoration ceremony at the Memorial for Roma and Sinti as a part of the International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony

As a result of many years of cooperation between the Cultural Association of Austrian Roma and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg, the memorial was opened to the public on 9 May 1998 with a festive ceremony. Shortly before the end of the war, on 9 March 1945, 450 female Sinti and Roma and their children were transported from Ravensbrück to Mauthausen. The babies and children were murdered by the National Socialists as soon as they arrived.

Organiser: Cultural Association of Austrian Roma

Barrack 1, former camp brothel, Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Erinnerungsstraße 1
Oberösterreich
09:00

Anti-fascist feminist women's commemoration: "Visibility against forgetting"

Remembering and commemoration leads to today. In memory of the persecution, murder and resistance of women, lesbians and girls under Nazi fascism.
In memory of the women and girls who were imprisoned at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and in memory of the women that were transferred to Mauthausen from the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in order to be forced into prostitution at the camp brothel.
No more fascism! No more war!

Wailing wall, memorial plaque for the 42, Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Erinnerungsstraße 1
Oberösterreich
Gedenktafel Klagemauer KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen
09:15

Commemoration ceremony of the KZ-Verband/VdA Upper Austria for the 42 resistance fighters murdered on 28 April 1945

The memorial plaque, which was unveiled in 2001 in memory of the 42 anti-fascists who were gassed on 28 and 29 April 1945, is an important symbol of commemoration for the political resistance in Austria. The majority of the 42 were part of the so-called "Welser Gruppe” which was annihilated by the Gestapo in 1944.

The commemoration ceremony is organised by the KZ-Verband/VdA Upper Austria.

Memorial plaque for Richard Bernaschek (rear of former infirmary), Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Erinnerungsstraße 1
Oberösterreich
10:00

Commemoration ceremony for the Social Democrats murdered at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Organiser: Federation of Social Democratic Freedom Fighters, Victims of Fascism and Active Anti-Fascists

Quarry, Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Erinnerungsstraße 1
Oberösterreich
10:00

International Youth Commemoration

Chapel at the memorial site
Oberösterreich
10:00

Ecumenical service

International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Oberösterreich
Internationale Befreiungsfeier in der KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen © MKÖ/Sebastian Philipp
11:00

International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony 2024 on the topic of "Law and Justice in National Socialism"

On the occasion of the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp, the International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony will take place at the Mauthausen Memorial. The Ceremony with a memorial procession will be held with an unlimited number of participants once again this year.

  • The International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony starts at 11:00 with a memorial procession.
  • The delegations will begin to line up for the procession at 10:20 am.
  • The memorial procession will start with an online reading of the "Mauthausen Oath" by youth people in different languages.
  • Actresses Mercedes Echerer and Konstanze Breitebner will moderate the International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony in multiple languages.

The International Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony is dedicated to the topic of "Law and Justice in National Socialism". As every year, referring to the present is an essential part of the event.

There will be a live broadcast on ORF III for Austria and the event will also be streamed on the online channels of MKÖ in multiple languages.

On the day of the liberation celebration, all wreaths must be delivered before 7:30 am at the latest. To enter the grounds of the CC memorial site, you need a delivery card (QR Code for delivery). On the day before the liberation celebration, the wreaths can be delivered until no later than 4:30 pm to the former camp for protective custody.

Ried in der Riedmark
Memorial stone
Marktplatz
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier in Ried in der Riedmark
15:30

Commemoration in remembrance of the "Mühlviertel manhunt"

After the Liberation and Commemoration Ceremony at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial, there will be a commemoration of the victims of the "Mühlviertel Manhunt" at the memorial in the town of Ried in der Riedmark.

Opening and welcoming speech: MoP Sabine SCHATZ and mayor Christian TAUSCHEK
Memorial speech: Andreas GRUBER.

Melk
Dr.-Josef-Sora-Platz
Niederösterreich
Rundgang zur KZ-Gedenkstätte Melk, Foto © ZHZ Melk
16:00

Walking tour to the Melk Concentration Camp memorial site

The guided walking tour will lead from Dr.-Josef-Sora-Platz via Melk train station to "Objekt 10" at the site of the former satellite camp, near the Birago military barracks, and then to the Concentration Camp memorial in Melk at the former crematorium (Schießstattweg 2).

The tour will take between 2 and 2.5 hours. Adequate clothing and hiking boots are recommended.

Objekt 10, Birago military barracks (South Gate)
Prinzlstraße 22
Niederösterreich
18:00

Book presentation with music: "The forgotten Raid. Pexonne, 27 August 1944"

Presentation of the German edition of Guillaume MAISSE’s book in the presence of the author.

The book is about the raid of Pexonne, a small village in Lorraine, on 27 August 1944. The SS arrested 109 men and three women simply by virtue of suspected support of the French resistance movement. Many were deported to different concentration camps, 43 to the Melk Satellite Camp, where they were forced to work in the tunnel construction. Only four of them survived their time at the Melk Satellite Camp.

Music by Johannes KAMMERER, works of French composers

Großraming
Regional Music School
Kirchenplatz 3
Oberösterreich
19:30

Reading from Franz Rieger´s book "Schattenschweigen oder Hartheim"

The reading will be performed by Cornelia ELLER and Richard HASLINGER with musical accompaniment by Roman PRÜLLER on the accordion.

Monday, 6 May 2024
Vöcklabruck
Secondary School of the Association for Franciscan Education
Graben 13
Oberösterreich
Gedenkstein in Vöcklabruck © MKÖ
10:00

Commemoration ceremony in Vöcklabruck

by students of the ORG Vöcklabruck

Memorial stone near the regional sports centre
Bahnhofstraße/Schlossstraße
Oberösterreich
11:00

Commemoration ceremony at the memorial stone at the site of the former Vöcklabruck Wagrain Satellite Camp

We will lay down flowers at the memorial stone.

Amstetten
Bildstock, Eisenreichdornach
access road Schabfeldstrasse
Niederösterreich
Gedenkfeier Amstetten/Niederösterreich (C) MKÖ / T. Buchner
10:00

Wreath ceremony in commemoration of the former Amstetten Satellite Camp

There will be a wreath ceremony as well as ecumenical prayer.
Speeches: Christian HABERHAUER, mayor of the city of Amstetten, representatives of MKÖ and of the federal state of Lower Austria, representatives of Amicale de Mauthausen (Belgium), cultural and musical program by Amstetten schools

Melk
Objekt 10, Birago military barracks (South gate), Melk Concentration Camp Memorial
Prinzlstraße 22
Niederösterreich
Wand der Namen in der KZ-Gedenkstätte Melk mit Blumen
10:30

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Melk satellite camp

The commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Melk Satellite Camp, which is traditionally visited by survivors of the camp and their families, focuses on the topic of "Law and Justice in National Socialism".

Text contributions: Students of the Stiftsgymnasium Melk
Musical arrangement: Music Middle School Melk

Steyr
Concentration Camp Memorial
Haagerstraße
Oberösterreich
KZ-Denkmal in Steyr
17:30

"Law and Justice in National Socialism" - Liberation ceremony at the site of the former Steyr Satellite Camp

Reception: Karl RAMSMAIER, Mauthausen Committee Steyr
Welcoming speech: Markus VOGL, mayor of the city of Steyr
Memorial speech:  Alois BIRKLBAUER, professor for criminal law, JKU Linz
Words of commemoration: Claude SIMON, Amicale de Mauthausen
Biographical footprints
Music: I Fisakkordeonisti
Wreath ceremony
Minute of Silence at the concentration camp memorial

In case of bad weather, the liberation ceremony will take place at the Münichholz fire station, Prinzstraße 1a, 4400 Steyr.

Tuesday, 7 May 2024
Wiener Neudorf
Concentration Camp Memorial Wiener Neudorf at Park der Erinnerung
Eumigweg/Palmersstraße
Niederösterreich
10:00

Wreath ceremony at the concentration camp memorial

Lenzing
Memorial stone in Pettighofen
Agerstraße
Oberösterreich
Denkmal/Gedenkstein in Lenzing Oberösterreich © MKÖ/Bach
18:00

Liberation ceremony at the site of the former Lenzing Satellite Camp

with MoP Sabine SCHATZ

Lichtspiele Lenzing
Hauptplatz 6
Oberösterreich
19:30

Film screening "Kreis der Wahrheit - Verity Circle"

The story and life of the sisters Helga and Elisabeth. A journey through time, from hell into the light.

Wednesday, 8 May 2024
Zipf/Vöcklabruck
Memorial in Zipf
Langwies 48
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier am Ort des ehemaligen KZ-Außenlagers Redl-Zipf © MKÖ / B. Dressler
18:00

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Redl-Zipf Satellite Camp

Participants to the commemoration ceremony will be ARGE Schlier and students of Neukirchen an der Vöckla Middle School and Timelkam am Zipf Middle School.
Commemorative speech: Historian Dr Hannes KOCH, ARGE Schlier

Vienna
Heldenplatz
Wien
Festival of Joy © Wenzel
19:30

Festival of Joy

In memory of the victims and with joy about the liberation from the Nazis' rule of terror, the MKÖ is organising the Festival of Joy for the twelfth time in 2024. This year's Festival of Joy is dedicated to the topic of "Law and Justice in National Socialism".

Over the past eleven years, numerous visitors and virtual participants from Austria and abroad have sent a strong signal for the establishment of a worthy commemoration of 8 May as Liberation Day at the Festival of Joy.

Sunday, 12 May 2024
Gallneukirchen
Memorial for Peace
Anton-Riepl-Straße/Gallneukirchner Straße
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier beim Mahnmal für den Frieden © Huber
18:30

Commemoration ceremony at the Memorial for Peace

The topical focus of the commemoration in Gallneukirchen is "Humans - Rights". Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law (Art. 6 of the UN Convention on Human Rights).

Tuesday, 14 May 2024
Wien-Floridsdorf
Floridsdorf District Museum
Prager Straße 33
Wien
Befreiungsfeier Wien-Floridsdorf © Andreas Schwantner
09:30

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Floridsdorf Satellite Camp

The commemoration ceremony begins at the Floridsdorf District Museum. This will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial plaque in Hopfengasse.

Registration

Villach
Memorial of Names
Widmanngasse 35
Kärnten
Commemoration Ceremony in Villach
18:00

Annual commemoration ceremony in Villach at the Memorial of Names

Welcome: Alexandra SCHMIDT
Greetings: Mayor Günther ALBEL

The memorial speech will be held my Austrian writer, essayist, and playwright Antonio FIAN.

Music: Saxophone quartet, Villach Music School

Wednesday, 15 May 2024
Großraming
Details about the venue: TBA
Oberösterreich
09:00

Excursion to Hartheim Castle Education and Memorial Centre

Linz
Chapel of the University College of Education Diocese of Linz
Salesianumweg 3
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier-Linz-Oberösterreich © MKÖ/Weidinger
19:00

"Lichtblicke" - Geh!Denk!Feier! in Linz

by students of the 4th grade at the Adalbert-Stifter-Praxismittelschule in memory of the former Linz II Satellite Camp

Thursday, 16 May 2024
Attnang-Puchheim
Memorial near the train station
Oberösterreich
Denkmal Bahnhof Attnang-Puchheim
18:30

Wreath ceremony at the concentration camp memorial at Attnang-Puchheim train station

Registration

Cinema
Mitterweg
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier in Attnang-Puchheim
19:15

Commemoration ceremony at the Attnang-Puchheim cinema

Participants in the commemoration: ORG of the Franciscan Sisters Vöcklabruck, Vocational School Attnang-Puchheim, accordion orchestra "musica accordis"
Memorial speaker: Franz VRANITZKY, former federal chancellor

Registration

Thursday, 23 May 2024
Präbichl
Skiarena Präbichl
Eisenstraße
Steiermark
17. Lebensmarsch in Präbichl
09:45

17th March of Life in memory of the 250 Hungarian Jews who died in 1945

The 17th March of Life is organised as part of the project "Human rights and democracy as lived everyday culture" for Upper Styrian communities. We will commemorate the 250 Hungarian Jews who died in 1945 and walk along their path together.

The meeting point is at 9.45 am in the Präbichl Skiarena. At 10 am the March of Life will lead via the Almhäuser to the memorial (approx. half an hour's walk).

Please bring a fist-sized stone in memory of the victims. Warm clothing and rain gear are recommended.

Eisenerz
Memorial Präbichl
Passhöhe Präbichl
Steiermark
11:00

Commemoration ceremony at the memorial

in memory of the 250 Hungarian Jews who died in 1945

Friday, 24 May 2024
Weyer-Dipoldsau
Memorial Dipoldsau
Anger
Oberösterreich
Gedenkstätte Dipoldsau/Weyer, Foto: Jakob Gsöllpointner
16:00

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Dipoldsau Satellite Camp

Saturday, 25 May 2024
Melk
Dr.-Josef-Sora-Platz
Niederösterreich
Rundgang zur KZ-Gedenkstätte Melk, Foto © ZHZ Melk
14:00

Walking tour to the Melk Concentration Camp Memorial 

The guided walking tour will lead from Dr.-Josef-Sora-Platz via Melk train station to "Objekt 10" at the site of the former satellite camp, near the Birago military barracks, and then to the Concentration Camp Memorial in Melk at the former crematorium (Schießstattweg 2).

The tour will take between 2 and 2.5 hours. Adequate clothing and hiking boots are recommended.

Registration

Friday, 31 May 2024
Neumarkt
Schloss Lind/das ANDERE heimatmuseum
St. Marein 28
Steiermark
Schloss Lind das ANDERE heimatmuseum © MKÖ
20:00

Liberation ceremony at the site of the former Lind Castle Satellite Camp

Literature & Music: Angelika HAGEN and Andreas SCHREIBER
Angelika HAGEN will present the book "FLUCHT IN DIE FREIHEIT. Österreichische Juden in Palästina und Israel" (Escape towards freedom. Austrian Jews in Palestine and Israel) published by herself and Joanna NITTENBERG.
Musical accompaniment curated specially for this event - a combination of classical music, jazz, and free improvisation by Angelika HAGEN and Andreas SCHREIBER

Wednesday, 5 June 2024
Ebensee
Contemporary History Museum & Concentration Camp Memorial Ebensee
Kirchengasse 5
Oberösterreich
19:00

Book presentation at Contemporary History Museum Ebensee

Georg Friedrich HAAS: "Durch vergiftete Zeiten, Memoiren eines Nazibuben" (Through Toxic Times; Memoirs of a Nazi Boy)

Saturday, 8 June 2024
Loiblpass Strasse
Tunnel portal Loibl - North, former forecourt of the Customs office
Kärnten
Gedenkstätte Loibl-Nord © Manfred Morokutti
09:00

International Commemoration Ceremony at the site of the former Loibl North Satellite Camp

The commemoration ceremony follows the tradition of trying to anchor this long "forgotten" satellite camp in Carinthia’s and Austria’s cultural memory. Mauthausen Committee Carinthia/Koroška feels a moral duty towards the victims of Loiblpass Concentration Camps, to tell the story of their suffering and dying, but also to preserve their story of courageous resistance and survival with honour.

Welcoming words: Landeshauptmann Dr Peter KAISER
Voice of the descendants - contemporary witnesses: Dr Georg LEXER
Message from the French Amicale de Mauthausen, Paris
Voice of the youth: Students of the Waldorf School Klagenfurt/Celovec, under the direction of Mrs Silvia VELIK
Commemorative speech: Aron STIEHL, Director of the Klagenfurt/Celovec City Theatre

Registration

Memorial Loibl-Süd
Slowenien
Gedenstätte des ehemaligen KZ-Außenlagers Loibl-Süd © MKÖ
11:00

International Liberation Ceremony at the site of the former Loibl South Satellite Camp

Registration

Friday, 28 June 2024
Klagenfurt
Domplatz (Cathedral Square)
Karfreitstraße
Kärnten
18:00

"Svobodni! Liberated! A Festival in Honour of Resistance"

Memorial Kärnten/Koroška invites you to a festival on Klagenfurt Cathedral Square.

Saturday, 29 June 2024
Bretstein
Memorial for Bretsteingraben Satellite Camp
Bretsteingraben 16
Steiermark
Gedenkfeier am Ort der Gedenkstätte KZ-Außenlager Bretsteingraben © Katja Heiden
11:00

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Bretstein Satellite Camp

Monday, 1 July 2024
Goldegg
Schloss Goldegg, Kemenatensaal
Hofmark 1
Salzburg
19:30

"My father, the deserter"

Conversation with Peter PIRKER, Reinhold BILGERI, Elfi OBLASSER, and Erhard GASSNER.
Host: Michael KERBLER

Registration

Tuesday, 2 July 2024
Goldegg
Memorial stone for the Goldegg deserters
Hofmark
Salzburg
Gedenkstein für die Goldegger Deserteure © MKÖ/Chalupny
17:00

Commemoration ceremony

Guard of honour: State governor Wilfried HASLAUER
Welcoming speech: Andreas HUSS, chairman of the Austrian Health Insurance ÖGK, and Hannes RAINER, mayor of Goldegg
Texts about the topic of "Resistance": Michael KÖHLMEIER
Music: Goldegger Bläsertrio

Haus Einklang
Hofmark 150
Salzburg
20:00

"Sturmzeit" - songs and texts by Jura Soyfer

Sabine HANK and Michael KÖHLMEIER tell the story of Jura SOYFER.

Guests: Reinhold BILGERI and Tini KAINRATH

Sunday, 21 July 2024
Weidenburg
Promoser Alm/Gedenkkapelle
Kärnten/Friaul (Italien)
Bergkapelle Promoser Alm © Hannes Guggenberger, ÖAV Sektion Obergailtal-Lesachtal
05:00

Commemorative walk "Summer of 1944 - Paths of Remembrance"

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the massacre on the civilian population by the National Socialists and fascists on the Italian Carnic Mountain pastures, we will hike to the memorial chapel on the Promoser Alm/Cra. Promosio and on to Timau.

The trail leads via Bischofalm, a section of the Carnic High Mountain Trail and the Kronhofer Törl to the Promoser Alm - Malga di Pramosio (Italy). We will commemorate the innocent victims at the alpine chapel. After refreshment at the mountain hut, we will descend to Timau, from where the AV bus or a taxi will take us back to the starting point.

Ascent: 1100 metres, descent: 1000 metres, meeting point: Weidenburg fire station at 5:00 am.
Important: This is a long and steep hike. Adequate gear and fitness are required!
Please register via telephone and bring valid ID! Organisation: Hannes Guggenberger: +43 660 350 32 71

Saturday, 21 September 2024
Greifenburg
Memorial for the victims of National Socialism
Bahnhofstraße
Kärnten
Gedenkfeier-Greifenburg-Kaernten-copyright-MKOE
17:00

Commemoration ceremony at the memorial for the victims of National Socialism

Commemoration of those persecuted during the Nazi era in the Oberes Drautal

Sunday, 29 September 2024
St. Pantaleon
Memorial Weyer camp
Moosachstraße 18
Oberösterreich
Gedenkfeier in St. Pantaleon, Oberösterreich MKÖ © Karl Traintinger
17:00

Commemoration ceremony for the victims of St. Pantaleon-Weyer camp

with wreath ceremony

Tuesday, 1 October 2024
Alkoven
Alkoven/Schloss Hartheim
Schloßstraße 1
Oberösterreich
Schloss Hartheim © Manfred Scheucher
00:00

Commemoration ceremony for the victims of Nazi euthanasia at Hartheim Castle

Friday, 4 October 2024
Ternberg
Pfarrbaracke
Spielfeldstraße 1
Oberösterreich
18:30

Commemoration ceremony at the site of the former Ternberg Satellite Camp

in memory of the victims of National Socialism

The commemoration will show that young people in Upper Austria know how to deal sensitively with the past of memorial sites. In addition, the commitment to respect and honour humann dignity an human rights shall also be demonstrated. Together we want to set an example!

The memorial room is open from 5 pm.

Saturday, 26 October 2024
Klagenfurt
Annabichl cemetery
Flughafenstraße 7
Kärnten
Gedenkfeier Annabichl Kärnten MKÖ Foto © Klaus Holler
10:00

Commemoration ceremony for the victims for a free Austria

The commemoration ceremony takes place in memory of the victims of the Nazi terror regime in Carinthia.

Reichraming
National Park visitors centre Ennstal
Eisenstraße 75
Oberösterreich
11:00

Opening event "Hartheimkünstler" (Hartheim's Artists)

Thursday, 31 October 2024
Goldegg
Goldegg Castle
Hofmark 1
Salzburg
00:00

Laying of stumbling stones at Goldegg Castle

Friday, 1 November 2024
Hinterbrühl
Memorial
Johannesstraße 16-32
Niederösterreich
Gedenkfeier zu Allerheiligen in Hinterbrühl © MKÖ
18:00

Commemoration ceremony on All Saints Day

Saturday, 2 November 2024
Pichl bei Wels
Pfarrkirche
Pfarrplatz 1
Oberösterreich
Pfarrkirche Pichl bei Wels © Kranzl-Greinecker
19:00

Requiem in the parish church

In memory of the children of the "Fremdvölkisches Kinderheim" at Etzelsdorf Castle.

Church cemetery
Pfarrplatz 1
Oberösterreich
Gedenkstätte Friedhof Pichl bei Wels © Kranzl-Greinecker
20:00

Memorial for the victims of the "Fremdvölkisches Kinderheim" at Etzelsdorf Castle

The commemoration speech will be given by Gabriella HAUCH, University of Vienna.

Friday, 8 November 2024
Großraming
Regional music school
Kirchenplatz 3
Oberösterreich
19:00

Opening event "Hartheimkünstler" (Hartheim's Artists)

Regional Music School
Kirchenplatz 3
Oberösterreich
19:30

Film screening "Im Museum/T4 - Hartheim 1" (At the Museum/T4 - Hartheim 1)

Direction and screenplay: Werner KOFLER

Saturday, 16 November 2024
Lackenbach
Memorial for Roma und Sinti
Ritzingerstraße 2
Burgenland
Gedenkstätte Lackenbach © Kulturverein österreichischer Roma
11:00

Commemoration ceremony

Rally and wreath ceremony at the memorial for Roma and Sinti in Lackenbach in memory of the Roma and Sinti murdered by the National Socialists.

On 23 November 1940, the Lackenbach Camp, known by the Nazis as the "Gypsy Camp", was established in a former estate. Among the 4,000 Roma and Sinti interned there, 2,000 were deported to the Łódź/Litzmannstadt Ghetto in autumn 1941 and murdered. Only 300 to 400 prisoners survived the liberation by Soviet troops in April 1945.

Tuesday, 31 December 2024
Hinterbrühl
Memorial
Johannesstraße 16-32
Niederösterreich
Gedenkfeier zum Jahreswechsel in Hinterbrühl, Niederösterreich
18:00

Commemoration ceremony on the occasion of the turn of the year