On the afternoon of February 7th, 1945 - three months before the end of the Second World War in Europe - two special trains of the Swiss Federal Railway arrived in St. Gallen. One thousand two hundred liberated Jewish prisoners from the Concentration Camp in Theresienstadt were on board.
In the context of the exhibition Menorah – Light and Candelabrum in Jewish Life - a scientist talks about the fascination of light from his point of view.
Jean Améry, born as Hans Meyer in Vienna in October 1912, was one of the most important European intellectuals of the 1960s and 1970s. A philosopher and author, he dealt vividly with his experience in Nazi Concentration Camps in his collection of essays entitled Beyond Guilt and Atonement, an indispensable work in German literature on the Holocaust. All five essays, including "How much Heimat does one need?", are still highly relevant today.
The artist K.H. Schmeißer, born in Bad Wurzach in 1957, lives and works in Horb-on-Neckar. His preoccupying - almost exclusive - theme is the human figure. His work is an artistic study of the human form, its existence, its nature, its ambiguity. He paints an honest, unsparing picture of humanity, devoid of pretence or masquerade.