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Diggings 2001 and 2002

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Collections

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For documentation and research purposes, the Documentation Service in Hartheim collects all kinds of documents, objects and artefacts with a relation to the Nazi euthanasia programme, in particular at Hartheim Castle. The collections are stored and maintained in line with scientific standards and are continuously being expanded.

 

Objects Recovered

The victims' personal effects (e.g. spectacles, toiletries, religious symbols, porcelain), refuse from the facility's operations (pots, bottles, cups) and construction materials from the dismantling of the Nazi euthanasia centre (firebricks, white and red pieces of tile, remains of electrical installations).

Broken fragments of a mug with name written on it

Spoon with Hebrew engraving

Prisoner’s tag

Metal remains of an artificial limb for an adult

Coins from Gabersee institution

Badge of an urn

Tag of an urn

Part of a metal wheel

Shower head

Photos

Photos from the era of National Socialism as well as photos of the revitalisation of Hartheim Castle from 1999 to 2003.

Picture of the Hartheim killing facilite’s staff in front of a transport bus during a staff outing

Personell of Hartheim killing facility

Hartheim Castle during its use as killing facility; western view with adjoining bus shed

Documents

Collection of sources and documents on the general history of the Nazi Euthanasia campaigns 'T4' and '14f13' as well as regarding the history of the Nazi euthanasia centre at Hartheim in particular. These are mostly copies or microfilms, but some originals are also included.

Notification on the death of a family member by the Hartheim killing facility

Forged death certificate of a victim of the Hartheim killing facility

Biographical Collection

Portrait of Katharina Lampert, killed in Hartheim in Febuary 1941

At the Documentation Service in Hartheim, personal documents of the victims of the Nazi euthanasia programme are collected if they are provided to us by relatives or researchers. Provided that relatives agree, these documents also become part of the 'Lebensspuren' (Life Traces) station, where the victims can once again be perceived as individual persons. 

For further information, please contact us.

Documentation Centre Hartheim

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Dokumentationsstelle

The Hartheim Documentation Service is a branch of the Upper Austrian State Archive that is located on the second floor of Hartheim Castle. The duty of the Documentation Service is to collect, archive and provide materials relevant to Hartheim that document the history of the castle as a Nazi euthanasia centre from 1940 to 1944, the purpose of which is to allow on-site research and studies on the topic of the Nazi euthanasia centre in Hartheim. A significant responsibility is the 'Gedenkbuch Hartheim' (Hartheim Memorial Book) Project, over the course of which we are attempting to record those murdered in Hartheim by name so that relatives can personally commemorate their family members.

 

'Nazi "euthanasia" and its victims on the territory of today's Czech Republic 1939-1945 – an Austrian-German-Czech research project as a contribution to dealing with a common history'

It is still not well known that murders within the scope of the Nazi euthanasia programme also extended to the territory of today's Czech Republic, which was occupied by Germany at that time. Between October 2007 and September 2008, a joint research project was undertaken by the memorials in Hartheim and Pirna-Sonnenstein as well as the Czech Academy of Sciences in order to fill the research gaps and to record the names and information of those murdered in this area. On the website below, you will find information and documents that were researched within the scope of the project and provide an insight into this long-forgotten chapter of Nazi rule. 

more information about the project can be found at http://www.schloss-hartheim.at/projekt-sudetenland-protektorat/ 

Architectural Archeology

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In 1999, prior to commencement of the construction works, Hartheim Castle bore the signs of being utilised for decades as a cheap residential building. The fundamental structure already demonstrated signs of significant damage, and the interiors had been so changed by renovation and fixed elements that they had become unrecognisable. There was no way to get round complete refurbishment if the fundamental structure was to be preserved.

After it had become evident that practically no construction-related or any other documentation was available for the building for the period prior to 1945, special attention had to be paid to looking for clues in the building itself, despite the fact that the team was under constant time pressure. The work of gutting and restoring the building and carefully looking for and securing construction-related clues in parallel, required flexibility on the part of everyone involved. The on-going discussions and co-ordination work with scientists, designers and technicians and excellent construction management made it possible to preserve the majority of important construction-related indications from the history of the castle.

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Contact Details

Lern- und Gedenkort Schloss Hartheim
SCHLOSSSTRASSE 1
A-4072 ALKOVEN

tel +43 7274 6536-546
fax +43 7274 6536-548
email office(at)schloss-hartheim.at 

Our office is open:
Mon–Thu: 8.30–16.30
Fri: 8.30–13.00

Opening Hours

Mon and Fri: 9.00 – 15.00
Tue – Thu: 9.00 – 16.00
Sunday and holiday: 10.00 – 17.00
Saturday closed

 




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