Exhibition opening: “Stolen Memories”

Friday, 17th May at 6 p.m., Town hall of Mondorf-les-Bains

In cooperation with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - 2019 Luxembourg Chairmanship, the Arolsen Archives, the Mondorf Domaine Thermal and the Luxembourg National Museum of the Resistance, the Commune of Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg is inaugurating the exhibition “Stolen Memories” on Friday, 17th May 2019.

The opening reception will be held at the town hall with an introduction by Ramona Bräu from the Arolsen Archives as well as speeches by Ambassador Georges Santer, current Chair of the IHRA and Marcelle Mangen from the Luxembourg Delegation to the IHRA and national delegate to the Arolsen Archives.

The Arolsen Archives are an international center on Nazi persecution with the world's most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of National Socialism. The collection has information on about 17.5 million people and belongs to the UNESCO's Memory of the World. It contains documents on the various victim groups targeted by the Nazi regime and is an important source of knowledge, especially for younger generations. Every year, the Arolsen Archives answer inquiries about some 20,000 victims of Nazi persecution. Research and education are more important than ever to inform today's society about the Holocaust, concentration camps, forced labor and the consequences of Nazi crimes. The Arolsen Archives are building up an extensive online archive and making the documents accessible worldwide.

In the archive of this institution in Germany, there are nearly 3,000 “effects” from concentration camps: pocket watches and wristwatches, rings, wallets, family photos, everyday items such as combs, powder tins or razors, etc. Often they were the last remaining belongings of the victims of Nazi persecution, the things they had with them at the time of their arrest by the National Socialists. In 2016, the Arolsen Archives (then under the institutional name International Tracing Service ITS) launched a campaign to return these stolen memories to as many families as possible. The exhibition tells what it means for people to hold these memorabilia in their hands - and shows objects whose rightful owners could not yet be found.

Mondorf-les-Bains will be hosting the exhibition “#StolenMemories” for one year, taking the form of a photographic tour across the town. From the 2nd to the 4 June, the thermal station of Mondorf will welcome one of the two plenary sessions of the IHRA hold under the Luxembourg Chairmanship.