This artistic action and book presentation in public space sets out to highlight the problem of commemoration, to reflect on the monument, and to probe the background of official commemoration culture by considering today’s Belgier-Kaserne, the former SS barracks. The starting point are the events of May 1945 when the SS had the bodies of those who had been executed and buried on the site of the SS barracks Graz-Wetzelsdorf disinterred to cover up Gestapo crimes in April 1945. This does not appear to have been completely successful, however, with repeated hints and rumors of the bodies of murder victims on the grounds of the barracks.
Ernst Logar, who already examined Nazi crimes at the Feliferhof firing range and the SS barracks Graz-Wetzelsdorf in depth in Den Blick hinrichten (Focusing the Gaze [on executions by the rifle squad]) in 2004, is currently looking at the Gedächtnishain (memorial grove), the new monument erected on the supposed site of the mass graves in 2011. This is a place with many facets: a scene of historical crimes, the last resting place of people who were executed, and a place of memory. It is still not known for sure whether the victims’ remains are actually buried on the grounds. The site has thus equally become a place of probability, uncertainty, and unrest.