‘In connection to the gradually growing migration of citizens of Bratislava and its surroundings to the bordering neighborhoods in Austria, the city quarter Rusovce came with the initiative for a regular bus line Rusovce – Kittsee. The negotiations started in August last year. Until now no real progress… ‘
(article in Slovak)
link to the article
The documentary by ORF about Kittsee (Slovak immigration, village planing, the changing conditions in the village on the border with Slovakia) can be viewed online (movie in German).
This is the documentary the Slovak boulevard responded to with a biased reaction.
The original village of Kittsee used to be larger and reached as far as the present territory of Slovakia. After the border demarcation of 1919, only the western part lies further on Austrian territory. The eastern part became a part of the fifth district of Bratislava, Petržalka and carries the Slovak name Kopčany.
photos by Martina
screenshot from the document ‘Grenzfall Kittsee’ by ORF, in the time of publishing this post unavailable to watch
As a response to the short documentary by ORF about enormous growth of the village of Kittsee, Slovak tabloid press released a short text, taking out the most critical sentences and suggesting that the Slovak people living in the village are not able to integrate and are ‘pulling themselves’ to the West.
Article in Slovak: http://vas.cas.sk/clanok/9858/kontroverzny-dokument-rakusanov-o-slovakoch-sme-neprisposobivi-a-tahame-sa-na-zapad.html
An exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain, examining the development of Kittsee and ‘the greater space of Bratislava’ in 1948 – 1989. The exhibition presents mainly political and historical events connected with the given time through panels with photographs and objects. Examples of daily life in Austria or former Czechoslovakia are also present on this exhibition.
For the upcoming art project, SK/AT, the exhibition provides material and information to challenge what we know about ‘the other’ side, what might the possible stereotypes and blind spots and how might be these connected to the way we learned history.
Curator: Mag. phil. Benedikt Wallner
open June 14th – October 17th 2014
weekends (Sat, Sun) 10 – 18
or open for groups with guided tours (requires pre-registration)
Short description (in German): http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen-archiv/814599/ausstellung-grenzfalle-als-vor-kittsee-der-vorhang-fiel
Short press release (Slovak): http://www.seredonline.sk/clanky/-grenzfalle-ked-pred-kittsee-spadla-opona-/
press photograph to the event Bild (v.l.): Nach der Ausstellungseröffnung im Schloss Kittsee: Vzbgm. Franz Buchta, Klubobmann Rudolf Strommer, Bgm.in Dr. Gabriele Nabinger, Marillenkönigin Sandra Wuketits, LH Hans Niessl, GR Maria Bezenek-Salvamoser, GV Karin Darnai. Bildquelle: Bgld. Landesmedienservice
photographer: Miroslav Kosirer