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Crowdfunding was successful

The memorial in remembrance of the 199 men and women from the institutions of the st.-joseph congregation, who were gassed in the nazi death camps during the second world war, now stands on the site of the former monastery for a good half year. The visitors’ reaction has been exclusively positive, as the general manager of the dominikus-ringeisen-werk unterfranken, rainer waldvogel, has observed. He finds it remarkable that the crowdfunding campaign at the end of 2017 for part of the construction costs was so successful.
When the planning of the memorial began, the reactions to the small concrete building with the stained glass windows were initially divided. "While some of them were giving us money, others were asking us why we had to build the memorial so crudely", says the general manager. Today, however, he sees a "high level of acceptance" for the house not far from the cemetery. The building, which is based on an idea by the artist willi grimm from kleinrinderfeld and was designed by architect roland ress (bad konigshofen), is a walk-in house measuring just under 30 square meters in size. The building material is rough gray concrete, which is supposed to symbolize the victims’ walk to death in a cellar.
In the walls are stained glass windows. They should give light and hope. The most striking is the rough concrete pillar, which enters the building like a hatchet from the east. There is symbolism behind this: the house is split, so to speak. This is to emphasize the dramatic nature of the cruel events of that time.
When architect ress made his first design in the summer of 2015, he also provided a cost estimate of around 150,000 euros. Munnerstadter gallery owner thomas pfarr established contacts with companies exporting the building work and conducted the first preliminary talks. Ress and the two artists agreed to work free of charge. The companies involved later charged only for the material. It was hoped to raise 15,000 euros of the total sum through donations.
50,000 euros each was contributed by the two institutions, the dominikus-ringeisen-werk and the st.-joseph congregation, to the building at. 35,000 euros granted by the diocese as a subsidy. Then, in october 2017, the sponsors came up with the idea of launching a crowdfunding campaign for the memorial. The venture succeeded, says waldvogel. First of all, a "very large donation" was received from berlin, as waldvogel says, "from someone who had to experience the horrors of the nazi era in his own environment. But also several other persons and institutions sent smaller and coarser amounts to maria bildhausen. Already in december 2017 the project was completed. "Actually we got more than we had hoped for." The task of the future is now to pass on the message of the memorial to the younger generation, says waldvogel. Several schools register classes to visit in maria bildhausen. In addition, groups of young people come here for project days. The facility for people with disabilities sees itself as having a social responsibility anyway, says the general manager.
"We want to make young people aware of social projects", he says and alludes to the new project of a tent school hostel that is currently being developed in maria bildhausen. In principle, it is a matter of inviting schoolchildren to the monastery for a week, so that they can deal with social issues.
"We want to create offers for this", says waldvogel. The new project is being called for with leader funds. Since 1. June, social pedagogue lina klinger takes care of the first structures for the new project.

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