The rough mountain areas, the thick forests and vast meadows of the Salzkammergut region served not only the resistance fighters and deserters as hiding places during the era of National Socialism, but were also used in part for the same purpose by high-ranking national socialists. Within the scope of this project, hikes will take place that do not have the spectacular mountain peaks as their destination, but instead these original sites that played an essential role in this context but have nearly completely disappeared from collective memory or were never anchored their in the first place.
Seven hikes are planned between May and October of 2024, each of which will be lead by one mountain guide and one historian. Together, the diverse political history of the Salzkammergut region will be discovered on the basis of the original sites.
After the final determination of the tours, there will be a full-day training for the mountain guides in order to ensure that they are also equipped with the necessary historical background knowledge. This training will be conducted by the team of the Ebensee Museum of Contemporary History under the leadership of Wolfgang Quatember, who will also join the hikes as an historian and who possess diverse expertise. The experienced mountain guides who will be entrusted with the hikes are Juliane Leitner from Pettenbach and Guenter Hupfer from Thalheim bei Wels.