The End of Contemporary Witnessing? November 10, 2019 until April 13, 2020

An exhibition of the Jewish Museum Hohenems
in collaboration with the KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg
supported by the Foundation Erinnerung. Verantwortung. Zukunft, Berlin

This exhibition addresses the question of Holocaust survivors’ position in society and their memories of the Shoah as well as institutional preservation of these memories at a time when only few people are still able to give testimony.

What are the recipients’ expectations when approaching the individual memory of the Holocaust, and how is this expectation to be assessed vis-à-vis the actual function of memory and process of remembering? How has the function of contemporary witnessing changed in recent decades? How can awareness of interviews as something “made” be created, and how do social institutions deal with the foreseeable shift in the power of interpretation regarding narrated memory?

These questions and an unobscured look at society’s future awareness of the complexity of contemporary witnessing and its legacy pick up on the current discourse on memory and preservation of memory of the Holocaust and, at the same time, assist in further shaping it.

Anika Reichwald (Hohenems)
Miriam Bürer, Hanno Loewy (Hohenems)
Christa Schikorra, Jörg Skriebeleit (Flossenbürg)
Scientific research
Orsolaya Bodony, Franziska Völlner, Fabian Wimmer (Hohenems)
Annika Scharnagl, Johannes Lauer, Julius Scharnetzky (Flossenbürg)
Archive and object-management
Raphael Einetter (Hohenems)
Press and public relations work, organisation
Birgit Sohler (Hohenems)
Angelika Purin, Judith Niederklopfer-Würtinger (Hohenems)
Gerlinde Fritz (Hohenems)
atelier stecher (Götzis), Roland Stecher, Thomas Matt
Lilian Dombrowski (Raanana)
Technical assistance
Dietmar Pfanner (Andelsbuch), Dietmar Pöschko (Hohenems)
Audio-visual production
Raphael Einetter (Hohenems), Milan Loewy (Wien)