Landscapes like the Salzkammergut are not only living and natural spaces, they have a political history. In addition to active support for National Socialism, the tradition of resistance against the “authorities” was particularly expressed in the case of Hitler’s fascism. Areas of the alpine pastures and high mountains inaccessible to outsiders served as retreats and hiding places for those persecuted for political and religious reasons. Familiarity with the barrenness of the surroundings, with the harsh climatic conditions, but also the cohesion of the inhabitants in local collectives enabled the persecuted to survive. The objective of the walks in the Salzkammergut landscape is to anchor the memory of the women and men in the resistance in the collective memory.
VHS Upper Austria – Salzkammergut branch (project managers)
Wolfgang Quatember, Nina Höllinger (Contemporary History Museum Ebensee)
Juliane Leitner, Guenter Hupfer (mountain guides)
With the support of: Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour
Lisa Neuhuber, Martina Rothschädl (Head of Programme remembrance culture)