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“...because no one has the right to take my life.” Marianne Golz-Goldlust – A Silent Hero by Conviction

A special exhibition by the German Resistance Memorial Center


Born in Vienna in 1895, the actress and singer Marianne Golz-Goldlust was one of the few people who helped Jews persecuted during the National Socialist dictatorship. Together with her Jewish husband, a journalist, she had to escape from Berlin for Prague after the National Socialists took power. While Hans Goldlust managed to escape to England in 1939, Marianne Golz remained in Prague to support her husband’s family. She joined a local resistance group, which helped persecuted Jews to leave the country. Her apartment became a meeting place for many resistance activists and victims of persecution, who also found protection there from the threat of deportation.

When the Gestapo discovered the refugee aid group in November 1942 Marianne Golz was arrested and held in Pankraz prison. Sentenced to death for "aiding enemies of the Reich" on May 18, 1943, she was murdered in the prison execution room on October 8, 1943.

The letters she wrote in prison were secretly smuggled out and are a moving testament to her conviction and courage for helping her Jewish fellow men and women. Marianne Golz-Goldlust was honored by Yad Vashem in 1988 with the title "Righteous among the Nations".

At the exhibition opening in the German Resistance Memorial Center at 7 p.m. on August 18, 2011, a welcoming speech by the envoy Dr. Klaus Famira, Deputy Ambassador at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin, will be followed by a presentation by Ronnie Golz (Goldlust) on the life of Marianne Golz-Goldlust and her resistance work. Finally, the exhibition organizer Nikol Vendura, who is carrying out a Voluntary Social Year in the German Resistance Memorial Center, will introduce the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display on the first floor of the German Resistance Memorial Center from August 18, 2011 to January 15, 2012.
Opening hours

Mon – Wed, Fri 9 a.m – 6 p.m.
Thurs 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat, Sun and public holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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