When Sigrid Sigurdsson and Ida Stein-Feinberg witnessed the process from the audience bench for one day, she became aware of the pauses between the spoken words. Her impression was that the resonance in the room was charged with the person’s constitution and the content of what was said, and contained what cannot be formulated. This impression gave rise to the idea of the project. There is an original concept from 1964.
Thanks to the friendly support of the Fritz Bauer Institute, the recordings of the statements of twelve people could be used. The Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (Centre for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin) made the elaboration possible with generous support.
Since the result of this work is based on a sound impression, the selection of the recordings is subjectively based on sound and does not claim to represent the entire process.
Date: 13 to 15 November 2014
Concept: Sigrid Sigurdsson (1964); artistic design: Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson (2014)
Production: Centre for Literary and Cultural Studies
Location: HAU 1, Berlin The video installation consists of an arrangement of audio recordings of the first Frankfurt Auschwitz trial from 1963 to 1965 in Frankfurt am Main.
The essay Völkermord als Strafsache (Genocide as a Criminal Case) by Werner Renz is also available. In 2000 he appeared as an article in the Frankfurter Rundschau.
This work was first shown at the symposium „Exceptions of the Voice“ of the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin.