Boltanski's memorial at the World Heritage site Völklingen Ironworks, Saarbrücken, Germany​
Christian Boltanski: The forced laborers - Site of remembrance in the Völklinger Hütte
1 November 2018

Christian Boltanski created a memorial dedicated to the people subjected to forced labor in the mines, huts and factories of the Saarland region during the Second World War. His memorial is installed in the Völklingen Ironworks, declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. 

Boltanski's memorial intends to keep alive the memory of more than 12.000 people from different nations, who were brought to the Völklinger Hütte to work under discriminatory and inhuman conditions, causing the death of more than 260 foreign laborers. His installation, 'Die Zwangsarbeiter - Erinnerungsort in der Völklinger Hütte', represents an archive of memories, a room filled with countless archive boxes and a pile of black used clothes at its center.  Accompanied by sound, the whispered names of the forced laborers resound from all corners of the room. In the 800 square meter ore shed of the Völklinger Hütte, Christian Boltanski has further grouped 91 lockers from all parts of the Ironworks site into a large installation, out of which spoken memories of former ironworkers reverberate. 

Boltanski's work is a continuous confrontation with the cruelties of the last century. The Holocaust, the passage of time, the human attempt to forget and to be forgotten, but also his own past and childhood, are central themes of the artist's work.

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