Verein Schloss Hartheim (Hartheim Castle Society)

Hartheim Castle, a home for mentally and physically disabled people from 1898 to 1940, was transformed into a killing centre of the Nazi “euthanasia” programme. Around 30.000 mentally and physically handicapped people as well as prisoners of concentration camps were murdered in Hartheim castle. In 2003 “Hartheim Castle – Place for Learning and Remembrance” was opened. It is a place of commemoration and remembrance, of documentation and learning with high educational standards. The Hartheim educational department is currently developing new, participatory methods to activate the neighborhoods. The legal sponsor of the memorial and the exhibition is the Hartheim Castle Society.

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Hartheim will build its MemAct! contribution on the experiences of the last three years intense development of new learning methods dealing with civic responsibility. In work package #2 Hartheim’s team, represented by education head Irene Zauner-Leitner and director Florian Schwanninger, will advise the participatory practices and contribute experiences from working with the community that lives close to the former killing site.

In the context of work package #3 Hartheim will include artist Tal Adler and his photography based project “Voluntary Participation” to conduct a participatory art project. In the context of work package #3 Hartheim will invite one school-class to test one of the newly developed methods and to analyze the experiences together with other work package #3 members. The team will also develop the formats of how to use oral history as a learning tool. These formats will be shared through the Online Toolkit.