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Vom Leben und Überleben

Vom Leben und Überleben

Series of events from 13. 03. 2006 - 17. 03. 2006

"About life and survival" is also the title of the film shown about women who survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp. This will be followed by a presentation and an opportunity for discussion with contemporary witness Irma Trksak/Vienna.

Photo: contemporary witness Irma Trksak

A cooperation of FIFTITU% with cultural and women's associations in Upper Austria:

Local stage Freistadt
Kikas Aigen-Schlägl
Media Culture House Wels
Ebensee Women's Forum and Ebensee Museum of Contemporary History
Moviemento Linz

It is politically, culturally and socially important that history is remembered and recognized, that the victims are honored, that the connections are recognized. This series of events takes a feminist approach to remembrance work, which is always also work for a more humane future

MO: Freistadt, March 13, 06, 19h, Local-Bühne, Salzgasse 25, 4240 Freistadt, admission free!

DI: Aigen Schlägl, March 14, 06, 19h, KIKAS, Marktplatz 27, 4160 Aigen, admission 5,-€,

MI: Wels, March 15, 06, 19h, Medien Kultur Haus, Pollheimerstrasse 17, 4600 Wels, admission 5,- €,

DO: Ebensee, March 16, 06, 19h, Museum of Contemporary History, Kirchengasse 5, 4802 Ebensee, admission 5,- €,

FR: Linz, March 17, 06, 19h, Moviemento, Dametzstrasse 30, admission: 5,-€, 4020 Linz,

On life and survival
a film against repression and forgetting, about women who survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp

Bernadette Dewald, Gerda Klingenböck, VideoArchiv Ravensbrück, A 2003, 110 min.

Six women who survived Ravensbrück concentration camp tell their stories, which are thematically edited in parallel in the film. In doing so, "On Life and Survival" takes a lot of time for the extremely different paths these women took. Among them is Antonia Bruha, who wrote down her memories of the Ravensbrück concentration camp some time ago. "I was no heroine" is the title of the book. A title like a motto, not only for its author, but probably also for the other five women interviewed in the film: Regina Chum, Helene Igerc, Rosa Winter, Katharina Thaller and Aloisia Hofinger.

"I was no heroine" describes the arbitrary deportation to Ravensbrück. Torn from their familiar everyday lives by the political events around 1938 and banished to what Helene Igerc describes as "hell on earth", Ravensbrück represents an off in the lives of these women because it is an off in the memory of posterity. "On Life and Survival" brings the unwanted memories to the surface and gives a name and a face to the monstrous, almost unbelievable.

After the film, the presentation by Dr. Helga Amesberger and Dr. Brigitte Halbmayr (social scientists) provides even more background information for the subsequent discussion and conversation with Irma Trksak, a contemporary witness and survivor of the Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. The series of events has an emphatically feminist approach.

In cooperation with the associations Babsi Freistadt, Frauenforum Salzkammergut and Frauentreff Rohrbach, additional events are held in schools in Rohrbach, Freistadt and Ebensee.

Information about the film and the Ravensbrück camp community: