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The memorial, designed by Dorothee Golz, was chosen by an international jury, in a competition held in the spring of 2008.

The jury described the work as "sensitive and idiosyncratic, far from all traditional or topical formulation, or typical features for a memorial. Dorothee Golz approaches a complex problem metaphorically and makes concepts such as memories, the past, despair and loss comprehensible.

The central element of the Memorial is an old freight container, tilted on one end at an angle of 45 degrees. Looking up into the container the viewer is able to discern a sketch of a table and a chair with a broken line of spheres, symbolizing life, which ended abruptly and unexpectedly. The German word „Leben“ (life) can still be read despite the spheres being dispersed on the floor. At the upper end, a steel door opens to the sky, to a new future and a new hope.

The memorial, describing terrible crimes, which relate to another period and another Institution, but on the same physical location, is erected in deliberate contrast to the serene and pastoral atmosphere of the new scientific Institute, built on the same site.


On Dorothee Golz

1960born in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany)
1981-1986Ecole Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg (France)
1981-1985History of art and cultural anthropology at the University of Freiburg (Germany)
1986Diplome National Supérieur des Arts Plastiques

Exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan
Lives and works in Vienna (Austria)
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