Johann August Malin Society

The Johann August Malin Society, named after an anti-NS resistance fighter executed in 1942, is dedicated to research into the contemporary history of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, particularly into long neglected subjects such as anti-Semitism, Austrofascism and National Socialism. The Society also regularly takes part in public debate on these issues.


At present, the Society has 200 members. New ones are always welcome - be they researchers or supporters. They are entitled to receive the publications of the Society at a considerably reduced price.
Contact: Pichler.Regina [at]

Media work, media reporting as well as the Society's current activities, from 2006 onwards, can be found under Aktuell.

Under Texts we are publishing essays relating to areas of research of the Malin Society, but not easily available any more. These essays still appear relevant to the ongoing debate on Vorarlberg's contemporary history.

The Publications of the Malin Society appear, as a rule, in the publishing house of the Vorarlberger Autoren Gesellschaft. Virtually all publications (except the most recent ones) are now online for download in PDF with an OCR text layer, thus enabling full text searchability.
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The Lexikon Verfolgung und Widerstand in Vorarlberg 1933-1945 (Encyclopaedia on Persecution and Resistance in Vorarlberg 1933-1945) provides an up-dated documentation on the subject (originally published 1985 in a book by the Malin Society, now out of print).

The Archive contains a documentation of earlier activities up to 2005, such as public lectures by members of the Society, exhibitions, or statements in public debates.

The Links refer exclusively to institutions and materials relevant to the Society´s intentions and aims.


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Please understand that we will only answer enquiries with full name and contact details, i.e. postal address (or telephone number) plus e-mail address.




Das Neueste online
Gernot Kiermayr: "Warum musste Oswald Schwendinger sterben? Die Verfolgung der „Gemeinschaftsfremden“ in Vorarlberg im Nationalsozialismus"
24.-27.03.2024 - Dritte Studienreise nach Auschwitz und Krakau
10.11.2012 - Lesung: "Nie wieder!"
09.11.2023 - Ausstellungseröffnung: "Tatsachen. Das materielle Erbe des Nationalsozialismus"
26.01.2024 - Vorträge: "Arbeiten unter Zwang. Facetten der NS-Zwangsarbeit"
20.11.2023 - Buchpräsentation und Gespräch: "Gerhard Wanner 'Aufleuchten der Freiheit, Russland 1990–2001'"
06.12.2023 - Film und Gespräch: "Große Freiheit"
03. und 04.11.2023 - Lesung: "Sturmzeit. Sabina Hank & Michael Köhlmeier erzählen die Geschichte von Jura Soyfer"
10.11.2023 - Vorträge und Publikumsdiskussion: "A dicke Nudel bischt scho“* – Widerstand an der Grenze. Jehovas ZeugInnen in Vorarlberg während des Nationalsozialismus"
13.11.2023 - Buchpräsentation: "Gernot Kiermayr 'Warum musste Oswald Schwendinger sterben?'"
10.10.2023 - Buchvorstellung und Diskussion: "Rebekka Moser – UNTEN"
06.09.2023 - Vortrag: "'Gau Schweiz – Anschluss erwünscht' – Der Fall Josef Franz Barwirsch"
21.11.2023 - Vortrag: "Wie aus dem Krieg verschwinden?“
17.10.2023 - Buchpräsentation: "Peter Pirker, Ingrid Böhler (Hg.): Rudolf Bilgeri, Bei den Partisanen in Athen. Tagebuch eines Deserteurs der Wehrmacht"
15.09.2023 - Buchpräsentation: "Peter Pirker, Ingrid Böhler (Hg.): Rudolf Bilgeri, Bei den Partisanen in Athen. Tagebuch eines Deserteurs der Wehrmacht"