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We have a lot to report. 

Our working groups are constantly busy with new ideas; we were able to help to organise the liberation ceremonies for the first time; the human rights symposium is on the home stretch, and press reports are coming thick and fast.

Kick off meeting  

for flagship projects in the Awareness Region Mauthausen - Gusen - St. Georgen 


At the Kick off meeting on Tuesday 17 October 2017 organised by the local authorities of the market town of Mauthausen, important development projects of the Awareness Region were presented: 

Human Rights Symposium: with the First International Human Rights Symposium from 9-12 November 2017, offers for the population and interested people are set. The human rights symposium is to take place annually and radiate positive inspiration throughout the world.  

Anchoring the Human Rights Centre in the region in a lasting way: with a logo, mission statement, corporate design and corporate identity, a homepage in various languages, Facebook, the appearance at the Human Rights Symposium and in the region as a whole, the Awareness Region is made known and its values for tolerance, peace and human rights are presented. 

Development of the ‘Bergkristall’ concentration camp memorial: A project group deals intensively with the concerns of the local population and develops proposals relating to the necessary infrastructure, scientific work, forced labour, commemoration and respect of victims and future generations, internationality and the creation of a park of life.  

Connecting commemorative routes: In this project a path connects the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial to the Gusen memorial and the ‘Bergkristall’ concentration camp memorial. Further focal points for pedagogical and historical work are set. The tourist and traffic infrastructure are examined. 

Development of a Human Rights Education Centre: Storytelling cafés, workshops, tours and much more about history, democracy, tolerance, peace and civil courage will be created. 

Learning from history... shaping the future: In this project, schools, adult education institutions and municipalities from the Awareness Region, from the sister cities Empoli and Vinci, as well as from Spain show examples of good practice. Teachers and adult educators are intensively concerned about both their competencies, and those of the students they acquire in pedagogical-historical projects.  

In all of these projects, we want to take a look at Europe and work with partner organisations from Italy, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Germany, who want a peaceful Europe with tolerance and respect for human dignity and human rights. We want to exchange experiences, present examples of best practice and develop topics and questions.