Saturday, September 13, 2014
Austria's Anschluss to Nazi Germany in 1938 had grave consequences for the country. A while ago the University of Economics has started a commemorative project that hopes to bring a measure of closure to this chapter in its history by researching and documenting the names and fates of those victims of the Nazi regime who were affiliated with the institution. Visible reminders are the online virtual Memorial Book and a commemorative sculpture by Alexander Felch, erected on the campus in May 2014. The sculpture is composed entirely of the names of the students, faculty and staff members forced to leave the university by the Nazi regime. The opening on one side is symbolic of the gaping wound left behind by the regime, both at the university and throughout society.