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Deadly border. Unsuccessful escapes between Silvretta and Lake of Constance 1938-1945

  • Vorarlberg Museum 1 Kornmarktplatz Bregenz, Vorarlberg, 6900 Austria (map)

Friday at 5 pm - a national history talk: Alfons Dür in conversation with Markus Barnay


For some people the border to Switzerland was a gate to freedom during the Second World War but for most it was a deadly trap. After all, the Swiss authorities had already closed down the borders in the summer of 1938 especially for Jewish refugees - and often the attempts to escape between Lake of Constance and Silvretta had already failed on the side of Vorarlberg. Former Provincial Court President Alfons Dür has spent years working on some of the most devastating cases of that time and has reconstructed one of them extensively in his widely acclaimed book Unerhörter Mut.

An event of the Jewish Museum Hohenems in the context of the exhibition "Sag Schibbolet!" In cooperation with the Vorarlberg Museum

Picture: Patrolling the bath of Hohenems, 1943
Archive of the Financial Directorate of Vorarlberg


Earlier Event: May 20
Fülle und Leere im Viertel
Later Event: May 27
Our city - er-fahren