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“Young Austria” Exhibition Opens at Austria Trade Union Federation

“Young Austria” Exhibition Opens at Austria Trade Union Federation

The “Young Austria” exhibition opens on 5 Dec. at 18:00 with a vernissage at the ÖGB-Zentrale, headquarters of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, featuring a short performance of the Erstes Wiener Lesetheater. Organised by Sonja Frank, chair of Verein Kunstplatzl, the exhibition documents the youth organisation of Austrian émigrés in the UK during the World War […]

Ernst Eisenmayer: The Dignity of Life

Ernst Eisenmayer: The Dignity of Life

Ernst Eisenmayer was just 18 when he was arrested in Saarbrücken in 1938, as he tried to escape to France. As a consequence, he was deported to Dachau. Now, the 92-year-old painter and sculptor looked me straight in the eyes as he paused to gather his thoughts. In his penetrating look is still written the […]

From the Editor: Death Must be Viennese

From the Editor: Death Must be Viennese

Composer and cabaret singer Georg Kreisler entered my life as a dictation in a German class.  It was in 1996, early in my time in Vienna, and a spirited teacher at the Volkshochschule Brigittenau decided to challenge the students in the B2 class with the irresistible verses of “Tauben vergiften im Park” (Poisoning Pigeons in […]

Vienna’s Conscience

Vienna’s Conscience

Seventy years ago, at the time of the German Anschluss of Austria, Hitler rode into Vienna, greeted as a hero. Over the next seven years from 1938 to 1945, more than 180,000 Jews, about 10 percent of the city’s population, vanished – escaped to distant lands or subjected to forced labor, brutality and death in […]

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