ASG Facebook Group |ASG Twitter |ASG Instagram |ASG Pinterest |ASG Flickr |ASG YouTube

Salvation in Sankt Anna Am Aigen Labour Camp: An Interview with Survivor Sandor Vandor

As part of the exclusive ASG “Werk Kamps Project”, I had the privilege of interviewing Sandor Vandor, a Hungarian native who was interned at one of the lesser known labour camps in Austria during the Holocaust. As often neglected in circles of Holocaust memory, Sandor’s extraordinary testimony raises awareness of the individual experiences of those placed in forced labour camps across Europe. Yet, his placement in Sankt Anna directly contributed to his survival, and his will to live grew stronger due to the humanity, courage and kindness of the local residents. Now, Sandor works to educate others, and regularly visits the town in which he was imprisoned to teach future generations about their history.

Continue Reading

Write comment (0 Comments)

Uncovering the Layers of a Changing Landscape: The Architectural Removal of IG Farben in Auschwitz

The IG Farben plant in Auschwitz came to represent the largest of the continual spatial areas within the concentration camp system. Of the 10 IG Farben Werk Kamps that were spread around the town of Oświęcim and the village of Monowitz, 6 camps existed in a zone that were not divided by residential buildings. The whole of this area measured around 8.31km² (or 4.45km in a straight line).

Continue Reading

Write comment (0 Comments)

The Forgotten Sub-Camp of Auschwitz

Only 8km from Oświęcim sits an unassuming town in Poland, one equally as rich in community and tradition as you’d come to expect of any here. It is conveniently equidistant from several larger industrial towns making it an attractive proposition for those who desire a more rural landscape to retreat to. The town is Chełmek and was first mentioned in the 15th century; with today’s population hovering around the 13,000 mark. Benefiting economically from passing trade as a mid-town in its own right, or from the coal mines of localities such as Libiaz, Brzeszcze, or even the refineries in Monowice or Trzebinia – They all have something in common. They all became sub-camps of the infamous mother camp in Oświęcim, Auschwitz.

Continue Reading

Write comment (0 Comments)

Succeeding in the Face of Adversity: How the Auschwitz Study Group Have Embraced Social Media

Whatever the subject may be, being present on Social Media is now a full time occupation for pages who wish to expand their readership. Over the years, we have seen several users with accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter lose momentum and eventually shutdown. The common misconception with social media is that it should dictate the user. We strongly disagree with this opinion and have fought against this misapprehension for several years now, often bucking the trend with how a templated format seems to push the account holder into interacting. If we have a growing audience and our message is clear, concise and thought provoking, then there should be no reason why we cannot become one of the pioneers for educational accounts and persuade platforms to give us more flexibility.

Continue Reading

Write comment (1 Comment)