…a Long Time in Austria
40 Years of Job MigrationJune 6, 2004 – October 3, 2004

An exhibition celebrating the Recruitment-Treaty between Austria and Turkey signed in 1964. A joint project by “okay.zusammenleben”- Project-coordination office for Immigration and Integration together with the Jewish Museum Hohenems

In 1964 Austria signed a Recruitment-Treaty with Turkey concerning work-force. Two years earlier a similar treaty had been signed with Spain which had hardly any effects. In 1966 an agreement was signed with the Republic of Yugoslavia. The boom in Western Europe had led Austria into the situation where there was a demand for man–power. This was to be covered by workers originating from economically weaker countries such as Turkey and the Republic of Yugoslavia.

Both the foreign workers and Austrian society initially thought about a limited period of time in which the foreign workers would stay in Austria: nowadays descendants of those foreign workers – many of whom have become Austrian citizens – are investing in flats and houses in Vorarlberg. And many people of the first generation of foreign workers are getting ready to spend the last years of their lives with their children and grandchildren.

In the past decades Vorarlberg was an important destination concerning work-migration. Today Vorarlberg has the second highest share of foreigners in relative figures in Austria. This reflects the province’s significant industrialization that has led to many changes but has also been decisive in contributing to its present prosperity.

The exhibition:
The exhibition presents Vorarlberg’s migration history of the last decades, starting with the works of photographers originating from Vorarlberg and one photographer from Switzerland: Arno Gisinger in cooperation with August Fleisch, Michael Guggenheimer, Nikolaus Walter and Rudolf Zündel.

In the permanent exhibition of the museum documents on the Jewish history of the place will be moved aside a little in order to make room for documents and photographs from the four private archives of Yilmaz Yerit, Elizabet Hintner–Caliskan, Erich Brüstle and Ali Gedik, who all depict Vorarlberg’s migration history from their own specific biographical point of view.

In addition to that, the permanent exhibition on the history of the Jews of Hohenems will be commented on through key objects from the most recent migration period and thus an interesting connection between the past and the present time will be established.

Eva Grabherr, Johannes Inama, Hanno Loewy, Bruno Winkler
Stecher id (Götzis)
Roland Stecher and Thomas Matt
Museum education:
Helmut Schlatter
Renate Kleiser