How to all began
The history of the history project
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. Despite several months of research by a young historian, nothing was found in the archives.
Since then there have been several attempts to clarify how the town intends to deal with its past. This culminated in 2015, in a motion to rename the Heroes' Organ as the Peace Organ, because the resistance fighters, as heroes of the time, had also received their plaque at the cemetery and “Good Comrade,” which is played at the end of each Heroes' Organ concert, only recalls the “German Comrades.”
In his campaign for the municipal elections in 2016, the current mayor Krumschnabel finally promised to examine both the positive and negative sides of Kufstein throughout the 20th century, which led to a unanimous decision by the municipal council in May 2016 to call upon the applicant and then municipal councillor Andreas Falschlunger to look for suitable authors and arrange financing.
In July 2017, the city council approved the finished concept and provided €175,000 for the “City book Kufstein in the 20th century” and the accompanying “Edition Kufstein” volumes. The province of Tyrol is funding the associated citizen participation process with a contribution of €22,000. By the end of 2020 the first results should be available and the town book should be published.
With this new historical awareness we want to guide our city into a peaceful future.
The founders of the initiative at that time were Univ. Prof. Manfred Kienpointner, Mag. Horst Primoschitz and the applicant himself.