Letters to the Editor: Feb. 2013

The readers of The Vienna Review respond. Send your views, reactions, and commentary to editor@viennareview.net

To the Editor

The idea for the classified ads is just great!! It also presents an opportunity to say that we always look forward reading The Vienna Review!

It might interest you too, that I attended both productions of: the Vienna’s English Theatre’s Lend Me a Tenor and the new Open House Company’s adaption of A Christmas Carol in the Kunst im Prückel: Scrooge was absolutely marvellous, all the other actors wonderful as well, and the idea to frame it around a family of today, excellent. A great production with limited funds: double applause!

And Lend Me a Tenor reduced me to wobbly jelly, I laughed so much (my husband didn’t fall asleep once! – the greatest compliment possible!) Both descriptions of these plays in your paper were so much to the point. Thank you!

Magdalena Tschurlovits


To the Editor

I’ve lived in Vienna since 2001, and was given a subscription to TVR as a present last Christmas. Your paper is wonderful and extremely informative for an ex-pat who continues to struggle with the German language. Vienna is where I met my wife, started a new career, and created two lovely daughters. To say I am smitten with Austrian life is an understatement.

After reading your brilliant piece on McGovern and Kreisky (see p.2, Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013 TVR), I was inspired. The oldest of my five brothers, Stephen, was homosexual and a victim of the ignorance that, sadly, still persists in America today. Stephen’s tortured life ended in 2000; he was just 44 years old.

A typical American has never even heard of Bruno Kreisky, while a typical Austrian may think “McGovern” is the latest burger available at McDonalds. The parallel liberal issues you pointed out that both men fought for resonate today as loudly as they did 40 years ago – in America. Where McGovern lost his uphill battle, Kreisky’s, “remarkable feats in a Catholic country”, are responsible for the tolerance practiced in Austria these past four decades. I firmly believe my brother Stephen would have thrived growing up in, “Kreisky’s Vienna”, rather than having been persecuted in Nixon’s America.

I applaud your astute assertion that McGovern’s America, “might have harnessed the energy of the social movements of the 1970s into the mainstream of national life”. As an American, I’m strongly disappointed because archaic issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and adultery still plague the U.S. political system. Last year’s GOP candidates (Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, etc.) continued to re-hash old ignorance. How can such a powerful country with 40 per cent living at or below the poverty level waste its time discussing “legitimate rape”?

I take a great deal of pride raising my daughters in a pragmatic Austrian society. My wife is at home, again, caring for our second baby while her teaching position remains intact, again. Our older daughter has been attending kindergarten free of charge the past three years. We all sleep well at night in Vienna. Most importantly, my little girls have a future in Austria where their rights as women are protected, and their opportunities as women are boundless.

David Richard

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