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The stakeholders

Authors and their topics

Andreas Exenberger“Economic and social history since 1950” & “Sports history”

Born in 1972 in Kufstein, he attended school there from 1978 to 1990 and lived in Endach until 2000. Starting in 1991 he completed studies in economics and political science in Innsbruck and in 2009 completed a postdoctoral qualification in economic and social history. Since 1999 he has been a research assistant at the Institute for Economic Theory, Politics and History at the University of Innsbruck.

Nikolaus Hagen and Maria Heidegger“Society, politics and the limits of memory: Kufstein from 1950 to 2000”

Maria Heidegger, born in 1969 in Prutz, studied history and political science in Innsbruck, completing her Mag. phil. in 1993, and her Dr. phil. in 1998. From 1998 to 2000 she was a research assistant at the University of Innsbruck in the field of Austrian history, and from 2005 to 2013 was university assistant in the field of economic and social history. From 2013 to 2015 she was head of the gender studies research platform. From 2013 to 2017 she was awarded the Erika Cremer habilitation degree on the topic "Worries about the soul: Psychiatry and Religion in Tyrol, 1830-1850.” Since 2016 she has been a freelance historian.
Nikolaus Hagen studied history at the University of Innsbruck. He did his dissertation on “Cultural and identity politics in Gau Tyrol-Vorarlberg: 1938-1945” (completed December 2017). Since 2014 he has worked as a project collaborator and lecturer in the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck. Since 2011 he has freelanced on regional history research and exhibition projects.

Gisela Hormayr“Between dictatorship and freedom: Kufstein from 1900 to 1950”

Gisela Hormayr attended primary and secondary school in Kufstein before doing her teacher training and doctoral studies at the University of Innsbruck. She now works as a historian with a research focus on regional contemporary history. Her publications include “I die proud and upstanding: Tyrolean socialists and communists in resistance to Hitler,” Innsbruck 2012; “The future will view our deaths differently: Victims of the catholic-conservative resistance in Tyrol 1938-1945”, Innsbruck 2015; “If I could only have said goodbye: Last letters and records of Tyrolean Nazi victims from prison,” Innsbruck 2017. She has also published various essays, including the biography of Kufstein painter and graphic artist Harald Pickert.

Arnold Klotz“Streets, buildings and squares: Urban development of Kufstein in the 20th century”

Born in 1940 in Wörgl, he attended secondary school in Kufstein before studying architecture in Vienna, then working at the Institute for Urban Development and Regional Planning. Later he worked as Head of Department for Spatial Urban Development of the City of Vienna, and in 1991 was appointed as Head of Department for Urban Planning Vienna. In 2006 he was appointed by the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Innsbruck, from October 2007 to February 2012 serving as vice-rector for Infrastructure there.

Eva Pfanzelter, Ulrich Wendl and Sarah Oberbichler“History of migration in Kufstein in the 20th century”

Eva Pfanzelter, born in 1969 in Bolzano, Italy, is an associate professor in the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck. Her research and teaching focuses on European and regional contemporary history, the culture of memory, the politics of history, and digital humanities.

Ulrich Wendl studied at the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, graduating with a history degree in April 2013. The topic of his diploma thesis was “The 1939 coup attempt in Liechtenstein.” Since 2016, Ulrich Wendl has once again been studying at the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck.

Initiative and project support

Andreas Falschlunger

As early as 2001, at the request of the citizens' initiative “Kufstein initiative for democracy and human rights,” the former Mayor Herbert Marschitz approved funds of 20,000 Austrian shillings for a project to research the National Socialism period in Kufstein. Unfortunately, at that time the research didn’t achieve much. 15 years later, access to the archives was secured and a unanimous municipal council resolution in May 2016 led to book about Kufstein in the 20th century. It sheds light on the many facets of this period and the result gives insights into our current political actions.

Concept, coordination, process design

Richard Schwarz

Born in 1984 in Wörgl, he studied European Ethnology.

Editor I Text

Esther Pirchner

Born in 1967 in Innsbruck, she works as a freelance journalist and lecturer focusing on culture. As an author and editor, Esther Pirchner wrote numerous catalogues and exhibition guides such as the “heritage culture space Sölden” and the “tower of memories” in the Castle Tyrol. She also drafted and wrote the festival programmes for “Musik im Riesen” and “fm Riese,” which was part of the Swarovski Crystal World Festival.

Interviews with contemporary witnesses

Sonja Prieth

Born in 1972, she is a social worker with a master’s degree in social work (MA), academic supervisor and e-journalist. She lives in Innsbruck and works as a freelancer in the field of communication and reflection, running her own practice for supervision and coaching while also moderating and producing radio programmes for Ö1.

Editing film I pictures

Nikolaus Schletterer

Born in 1960 in Kufstein, he graduated from the University of Salzburg, Mozarteum, in 1990 then worked as a freelancing artist in Innsbruck. He lived in Paris in 1994/1999/2000 and has lived and worked in Kufstein since 2008.

Layout: Stadtbuch and Edition Kufstein

himmel. Studio für Design und Kommunikation

A company located in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser and Innsbruck. They specialize in small and medium-sized clients in Austria, Italy and Germany, focusing on appearances, books, magazines, exhibitions and guide systems.

Editing, Stadtbuch and Edition Kufstein

Nikola Langreiter

Born in 1970 and raised in the Zillertal.
She studied PR, communication studies and European ethnologies in Vienna. After gaining experience as a research and publishing assistant as well as a journalist, she works now as a freelancer in the field of cultural science and runs the “Wortstellerei” in Lustenau, Austria.

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