On 10th November 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the democratic republic of Austria, the House of Austrian History opened in the Hofburg in Vienna’s Heldenplatz. Austrian Post is congratulating it with a commemorative stamp.

“We want to make history something that can be experienced and a place of dialogue,” says Monika Sommer, the director of the House of Austrian History, also known as hdgö (from its German name Haus der Geschichte Österreich) for short. As the first museum of the contemporary history of the republic, it should enable us to get to grips with the multifaceted history of this country from the mid-19th century, but with a particular focus at present on the period from 1918 to the present day. Starting with the founding of the democratic republic in 1918, it addresses social changes and political fault lines, as well as asking questions which were of concern for Austria and Europe at that time and still are today.In the House of Austrian History particular attention is paid to conveying information to children and young people: knowledge about the history of this country should promote the capacity to form critical and independent opinions. To this end, a comprehensive range of guided tours and events on various topics is available, as well as corresponding materials for use in lessons.

Issue Date: 19.02.2019

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