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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch had arrived by normal train to Auschwitz in September of 1942, not in a cattle car. Although she was a Jew, her job in a paper factory had protected her – until she and her sister were arrested for forging travel documents for French prisoners of war. So they were considered criminals, a […]

Smoking Sections… Again?

Smoking Sections… Again?

Friday, 25 November. It was a headline in the U-Bahn daily Heute that got the talk started all over again: In the current negotiations on…

‘Silvester’ on the Graben

‘Silvester’ on the Graben

My plane set down in Vienna at 8:32 in the morning of December 31. It was grey and rainy, and much too warm to be…

Centennial in the City

Centennial in the City

On the eve of The Great War, Vienna was the centre of a massive empire covering some 20% of Europe from the Ukraine to Switzerland,…

Pianist David Aronson: The Man Behind The Singers

Pianist David Aronson: The Man Behind The Singers

The coffee had just arrived as pianist and conductor David Aronson came gliding past the broad windows of the Café Sperl on Gumpendorferstrasse in Vienna’s…

Dr. Daria Siekhaus: Crossing All Boundaries

Dr. Daria Siekhaus: Crossing All Boundaries

It was just 14:00 as I locked my bike on Kolingasse alongside Café Stein where I was to…

Relearning Excellence

Relearning Excellence

Time was when the Vienna school system was among the most respected in Europe: Its Gymnasien prepared pupils…

Kurt Bayer: Fighting for Economic Fairness

Kurt Bayer: Fighting for Economic Fairness

Economist Kurt Bayer is theoretically retired. A former senior economist with the Austrian Economics Research Institute (WIFO), head…

First-Time Voter

First-Time Voter

I voted for the first time in 1972, when Richard Nixon ran for re-election and trounced George McGovern…

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