The granite quarry in Roggendorf/Pulkau was an early industrial site that brought jobs to a structurally weak region. During the Nazi era, Soviet Russian prisoners of war, Polish and Ukrainian Ostarbeiter (a Nazi term referring to foreign labourers forcibly removed from the occupied territories in Central and Eastern Europe) and, from November 1944 onwards, Jewish deportees from Hungary were used here for forced labour. Today, only a few traces of the Nazi forced labour camp can still be seen. The history of the place has almost been forgotten.
The aim of the project Making Traces Legible in the Nazi Forced Labour Camp at Roggendorf/Pulkau is to make the history of this place visible again. Together with local inhabitants, we are researching the history of the granite quarry in Roggendorf/Pulkau and exhibiting it in digital space. Two artists are working with new, digital media on an artistic exploration of the site, testing out new formats for making legible forgotten places with charged histories.
Project collaboration: eidemarie Uhl
Funding: BMKKÖS, Province of Lower Austria
Cooperation partners: Danube University for Continuing Education Krems | University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten | Institute for Jewish History of Austria, St. Pölten | IKT - Institute for Culture Studies and History of Theatre at the ÖAW | OpenGLAM.at Association (project coordination)
Project partners: Municipality of Pulkau | Kulturverein Bildung hat Wert, Pulkau | Krahuletz Museum, Eggenburg | Museum Horn | Museum Retz | Federal Monuments Office | erinnern.at | Institute for Jewish History in Austria, St. Pölten | University of Graz, Center for Jewish Studies | University of Vienna, Institute for Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology
Project duration: 01/01/2022–31/12/2022
Photo: (c) Ferdinand Melichar