Our expelled neighbours

How did the lives of the Jewish population of Lower Austria change – before, during and after the Nazi era? How did Christians and Jews live together?

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The project overview

Area of Science: Humanities
Location: St. Pölten and surrounding area
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Nothing
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, collecting, analysing
Suitable for: Adults
Project duration: 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017
Time to join in: 01.04.2017 - 30.06.2017

Project objective

The aim of the research project is to make sources and information available that historians normally can only get access to with difficulty or not at all: autobiographical sources from former non-Jewish neighbours and friends, private business documents, documents of associations and especially information from inner-family communication. In this way the research team wants to gain an insight into the various aspects of Christians living together with Jews before the war – neighbourhood, friendships, schools, associations, professional and everyday life – violence during National Socialism and possible continuation of relations after 1945.

How to participate?

Citizen scientists will look in their family archives and associations’ archives for objects, photos, documents, letters, mementos and statements that have been handed down and interpret and contextualise them together with historians. They can bring their materials along to the monthly workshops and analyse them together with the historians. Participants disclosing their identity can post and discuss their contributions on the internet in a moderated blog. A general introduction to the Jewish history of Lower Austria, the oral history method and the problem of recollection and memory provides a historical and methodical basis for the citizen scientists’ contributions.

What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?

The contributions and research results will be presented at the closing event on November 9th, 2017 in the Bildungshaus St. Hippolyt and – if those who submitted the materials agree and in compliance with the data protection regulations – provided online at www.juden-in-st-poelten.at.

Prizes and winners

The Institute for Jewish History in Austria will award the winners with prizes at the festive event on November 21st, 2017.

Participating and supporting institutions


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