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Original Sin: The Dollfuss Legacy

Finally, Austria seems to be clearing out the skeletons in its closet: In 2009, court convictions of soldiers who deserted the National Socialist Wehrmacht During World War II were formally annulled. And a memorial in Vienna, planned for 2013, will finally honour the conscientious deserters, seeking to redress having been disowned so long ago by […]

Book Review: The Journalists of the Café Louvre

Book Review: The Journalists of the Café Louvre

Café Louvre: A Centre for Journalists in 1930s Vienna News gathering between the wars was dependent on foreign correspondents, and in Vienna, the greatest reporters of the age all frequented one place: The Café Louvre. Located at the corner of Wipplingerstraße and Renngasse in the 1st District, Café Louvre was the meeting place of Austrian […]

Book Review: Meine Neun Leben (My Nine Lives), by Martin Katz

The Nine Lives of Martin Katz “A few months ago I turned 91,” wrote Martin Katz, “and I think that I don’t have an endless amount of time to report to the generation of my grandchildren about the miracle that I’ve experienced: I have survived.” His memoir, Meine Neun Leben (My Nine Lives) was published […]

Struggle for Vienna

It’s 1930 and in Vienna, a huge experiment is going on, to build a more healthy, harmonious and attractive future. The world is curious, following every move, eager to see whether a city council can transform its citizens with better housing, education and leisure. But while Red Vienna is being born, there are dark clouds […]

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