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.
Feuerkogel-Riederhütte-Höllkogel-Spitz Alm-Steinkogel (medium difficulty)
Biographies: Gaiswinkler Albrecht, Grafl Johann
Desertion in France, training with the SOE in England (“Special Operation Executive”) and assignment in Austria, parachute jump in the Höllengebirge on 8 April 1945 instead of on the Hoher Zinken, at the Riederhütte contact with the hut hostess Mrs. Puchinger, descent to the Steinkogel stop and by train to Bad Aussee
Sat. 6.7.2024 (Alternative dates: Fri. 12.7./Sa.13.7.)
each 8 :00 a.m. Feuerkogel cable car Ebensee