Following the adoption of a resolution by the Hernals district council on September 15, 2010 to set up a memorial on the plaza in front of the S 45 suburban railway station, KÖR GmbH was called in to organize an invitational artist competition for the project. KÖR initiated the competition in collaboration with the 17th District Mayor’s Office in November 2011 and launched, in February 2013, a call for proposals. In the competition for the memorial entitled Persecution, Resistance and the Struggle for Freedom in Hernals 1934–1945, the proposal by Maria Anwander and Ruben Aubrecht finally came out winning.
The memorial is dedicated to people from Hernals who stood up to fascism. It is predicated on the theme of the individual decision to actively oppose and resist the Nazi terror. The memorial commemorates these persons by name in an infinite loop, with each individual name coming up on the flip-dot display for several minutes. The work does not unfold any generic and abstract symbolism of commemoration but gives each person exactly the same amount of attention. This affords an opportunity of identifying with the victims and potentially can trigger a process of reflection on one’s own moral courage and behavior in difficult situations.
Peter Ulrich Lehner, Verfolgung, Widerstand und Freiheitskampf in Hernals. Ereignisse, Gestalten, Orte, Spuren in einem Wiener ArbeiterInnenbezirk – Ein Heimatbuch der anderen Art, Mandelbaum Verlag, Wien 2013
Suburban railway station plaza Hernals, Platz der Freiheit, 1170 Vienna
*1980 in Bregenz, lives and works in Bregenz (AT) and Berlin (DE).
* 1980 Bregenz (AT), lives and works in Berlin (DE).
section.a. art design consulting gmbh
Christine Haupt-Stummer, Andreas Krištof
This project was selected as a winner's project in the course of an artistic competition. For more information please follow this link: