Panel discussion: Latest research findings on the Maly Trostenets extermination site
Maly Trostenets, a suburb of the Belarusian capital of Minsk, received little attention for decades in the West, even though it was one of the largest extermination sites in the Wehrmacht-occupied parts of the Soviet Union. In addition to Belarussian, German and Czech Jews, civilians, partisans, resistance fighters and Red Army prisoners, tens of thousands of people, including 9,735 Austrian Jews, were murdered there. They were shot dead or suffocated in gas trucks with exhaust gases. Only 22 of those persons in ten transports from Vienna, Brno and Theresienstadt survived. Austrians were also involved in this murderous action; none of them were sentenced after the war for these crimes. It was only after the initiatives of the association IM-MER, headed by Waltraud Barton, that the town entered into public consciousness in Austria: On March 28, 2019, after many attempts, ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, together with the Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, finally unveiled the “Massif of Names” designed by Daniel Sanwald.
The House of Austrian History is presenting an exhibition on this murder site, organized by the Minsk International Center for Education and the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in cooperation with the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI), until October 25, 2019. As an accompanying program, scientists from Belarus, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria will present the latest research findings on the history of Maly Trostenets, the pre- and post-history, as well as the politics of memory regarding this killing field in the former Soviet Union, in independent Belarus, in Austria and in Western Europe.
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Photo (c) JMW, Foto: Fuchs