Sophie Hochhäusl awarded Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021

May 28, 2021: Humboldt Network Awards Sophie Hochhäusl Fellowship for work on Margarette Schütte-Lihotzky’s Memories of the Resistance.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded Professor Sophie Hochhäusl, 2020-2021 Princeton Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Hochhäusl, who is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will spend eighteen months in Germany over the course of the next three years. During this time, in collaboration with the TU Darmstadt and the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, Hochhäusl will conduct research on the book project Memories of the Resistance detailing the resistance work of Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000).

Today Schütte-Lihotzky has been widely recognized as one of the most significant female figures in modern design who worked in Austria, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s. These decades of professional work were marked by a drastic break between 1940 and 1945, when Schütte-Lihotzky was interned for her participation in the Communist resistance against the Nazi regime. Her recollections from the years of internment became the subject of the 1984 German-language book Erinnerungen aus dem Widerstand (Memories of the Resistance). Memories of the Resistance explores Schütte-Lihotzky’s memoir as a critical historical document that exemplifies the spatialization of organized dissent and resistance against National Socialism and the Holocaust. It provides a glimpse into resistance as lived practice and how a politics of refusal became activated by solidarity and collective action. The book highlights why Schütte-Lihotzky’s activism led to the ostracization of the important architect in postwar Austria. Her struggle for the design of Holocaust memorials became entangled with the country’s tragic politics of forgetting.

Before leaving for Germany, Hochhäusl will also be the Pearl Resnick Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC in the fall of 2021.

Pictured here a drawing from Schütte-Lihotzky’s prison notebook.