Never forgotten

By Kaitlyn Coakley

November 9, 1938: Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass” across Nazi Germany. This fateful night, when the Nazi’s terrorized, burned, smashed businesses and homes belonging (primarily) to the Jewish population. However, targeted individuals also included homosexuals, individuals with physical and mental health disabilities, and many more based on a variety of different reasons for persecution. Thousands of people were arrested and immediately sent to concentration camps. Police turned away, and this night has not been forgotten since.

November 9, 2017 was the 79th anniversary and memorial of this horrid night. University of Portland Salzburg offered an opportunity for UP students to attend a memorial commemoration event which honored victims of Kristallnacht throughout Salzburg. I gathered with a few students and went to the Jewish Synagogue in Salzburg, which had been burned in 1938. Marko Feingold, a survivor living amongst us in Salzburg, shared his story.

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Marko Feingold is the head of the Jewish community in Salzburg; He is 104 years old and survived through three different concentrations camps! It is miraculous that Marko survived and is able to affect so many peoples’ lives. It was humbling to learn his perspective: Marko said his survival was due to a combination of lucky and divine circumstances. Marko relayed several circumstances in which he knew he was just inches, breaths, minutes away from his own death. Then suddenly, a soldier would send him on an errand, or he would be routed to a new camp; it was completely perfect timing and a small burst of energy that would keep him going.

After the liberation of the concentration camps, there were still unsafe circumstances for Jews. Marko assisted over 100,000 Jews find refuge in Israel. He has founded multiple projects and organizations over the years to help people first hand and initiate remembrance efforts. It is absolutely incredible that he is still with us at his elderly age and able to continue to educate those around him! Watching Marko share his story was powerful and moving to those who heard him speak, instilling wonderful reflection and enabling ashes to become something beautiful.

After listening to Marko speak, the students went throughout the city center of Salzburg, on a candlelight walk. Stopping at various Stolpersteine to remember individuals’ stories, we laid a rose or a candle, reflecting on the impact history has made. This brings awareness even to local Austrians, many who go about their days and do not notice or are not informed about the Stolpersteine, the people of Salzburg who were lost.

Student lights a candle

The UP Salzburg students from last year sponsored a stumbling block for Johann Kamper. It was recently laid in the pavement in September of this year. Part of our memorial included paying tribute to Johann Kampfer. Students were eager to participate in the Kristallnacht memorial, recognizing the vital importance of never forgetting, keeping people aware of history, and ensuring the UP community continues to honor and support the lost individuals of Salzburg.

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Stolperstein sponsored by Salzburgers 2016-2017

Last year’s group of Salzburger fundraised the money to donate a stumbling stone for Johann Kampfer whose last address was at the Schallmooser Hauptstraße 4, close to the center.
Johann Kampfer was born in Pontafel, Kanaltal (which became part of Pontebba in the province of Udine Italy after WWI) on November 23, 1889. He was an unmarried Catholic unskilled worker who chose to stay in Austria after the war. He was an Austrian citizen and had local citizenship rights in the city of Salzburg.
On April 10, 1931 Johann Kampfer was admitted as a patient in the Salzburg State Asylum. On May 21, 1941 he was one of the 85 patients from the asylum who were deported to the Hartheim killing center near Linz where they were all murdered. As with all the other victims of the Nazi’s secret »T4«1 program to murder the handicapped, the death of this 51year old man was not recorded in the Salzburg city police registration files. His sister, Angela Kampfer is known to have died in Salzburg in 1980.
Author: Gert Kerschbaumer
Translation: Stan Nadel
Stolpersteine Website
Never forgotten.

History Professor, Dr. Stan Nadel, documented the procedure and provided the photos. (cf. our facebook page)

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Spring Tour 2016 – Greece

Hayley C. Lemens offers an insight into her personal experience, which she gained during the tour and in many conversations with her fellow students and with people she met.    The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments on this post are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Portland Kulturprogramm or any employee thereof.

 

For the second half of Spring Tour we found ourselves in Greece after a short ferry ride from Italy. We visited many different and interesting places from monasteries to ruins to cities. These places include: Meteroa, Kalambaka, Itea, Delphi, Corinth, Nafplio, Mycenae, Epidauros, Athens, and Olympia. We all loves Greece and were impressed that we were able to visit so many places with such variety. I would love to return to Greece as the history, architecture, art, and food were all absolutely amazing! One of our favorite parts Continue reading

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Spring Tour 2016 – Italy

Hayley C. Lemens offers an insight into her personal experience, which she gained during the tour and in many conversations with her fellow students and with people she met.    The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments on this post are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Portland Kulturprogramm or any employee thereof.

 

Spring Tour started off in Italy and officially ended in Italy. The towns and cities we visited were very different from each other and each had their own way of being interesting. These places include: Padua, Ravenna, Florence, Assisi, Rome, The Vatican, Montecassino, Pompeii, Vesuvius, and Venice. I think it is impressive that we were able to visit so many places across Italy. Continue reading

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Spring Tour 2016

Hayley C. Lemens offers an insight into her personal experience, which she gained during the tour and in many conversations with her fellow students and with people she met.    The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments on this post are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Portland Kulturprogramm or any employee thereof.

 

Early one February morning the time had come to leave Salzburg and begin a new adventure. We were to drive to Italy and made our way south while enjoying famous artworks and a hike up Vesuvius. There we took a ferry to Greece where we traipsed through ancient ruins and enjoyed delicious food. Finally, at the end we made our way back into Italy to enjoy the canals of Venice. Continue reading

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Besuch auf dem Schrannenmarkt

Am Donnerstag, den 21. Jänner haben die Studierenden der Gruppen Deutsch 102 und Deutsch 202 den Schrannenmarkt besucht. Die Rechercheaufgaben der Studierenden aus Deutsch 102 kann man hier ansehen. Die Studierenden aus Deutsch 202 haben den Markt mit allen Sinnen erlebt und darüber kleine Absätze verfasst, die in diesem Blogeintrag zusammengefasst sind. Die Rechtschreibung und Grammatik wurde verbessert, aber die Inhalte weitestgehend beibehalten.

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GRM 102 und GRM 202 auf der Schranne
 

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International Advent and International Dinner

By Hayley Lemmens

Students at the University of Portland Salzburg were invited to attend Erasmus’ cultural Advent event, and four of us decided to go.  The event took place in the Salzburg University church and was attended by many students from all over the world.  Continue reading

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Helfen auf dem Christkindlmarkt

Verfasst von Taryn Carroll (GRM 311)

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Rotaract Stand auf dem Christkindlmarkt
 

Als Taryn sechzehn war, hat sie ein Austausch nach Deutschland mit Rotary gemacht.  Taryns Gastgeber war der Rotary Club Neuss im Distrikt 1870. In Deutschland hat Taryn manchmal etwas mit Rotaract gemacht, und sie hat es toll gefunden. Wir haben gedacht, dass es wird schon, wenn wir etwas mit Rotaract in Salzburg machen können. Wir haben dem Club ein email geschickt, und sie haben uns zu einem Meeting eingeladen. Continue reading

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The First Engineers in Salzburg

Article and photos by Patrick Doherty

As the first engineers at UP to study abroad in Salzburg for a whole semester, we were the “guinea pigs” testing this new program. Continue reading

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ÖSD Exams 2015

Herzliche Gratulation
allen Kandidatinnen, die dieses Jahr die ÖSD Prüfungen absolviert haben

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