One century ago, with the referendum on October 10th, 1920, Carinthia/Koroška was divided. One part of the region was given to Austria and the other to Yugoslavia (today Slovenia). In the territory allocated to Austria, the Slovenes became a minority. The hopes for the promised upturn and a peaceful coexistence of both ethnic groups in the young Republic of Austria were soon disappointed.
The exhibition consists of a documentary film depicting the historical events surrounding the plebiscite 1918-1920 and 12 exhibition panels in German and Slovene, with a thematic outline of the key events in the decades after the plebiscite that led to a dramatic decline of the Slovene speaking population, as well as the current developments in words and pictures.
The exhibition gives the interested viewer a comprehensive picture of the current situation of the Carinthian Slovenes and an objective overview of the historical developments that continue to have an impact today.
On January 19, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. the exhibition will open in the large reading room of the library (Z.2.10) with the screening of the film “Verschwinden/Izginjanje”. After the film there will be an opportunity to discuss and ask questions with director Andrina Mračnikar and expert Daniel Wutti. This will be followed by a joint tour of the exhibition.
We look forward to you!