Category: Austria

Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austr…

Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria and her cousin “Mad” King Ludwig of Bavaria

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Both suffered tragic fates, Ludwig mysteriously drowned (maybe murdered) in Lake Starnberg 1886 while Elisabeth suffered loss of her 2 years old daughter and later her son Crown Prince Rudolf who committed suicide with his lover Baroness Marie Vetsera 1889 in Mayerling hunting lodge. She was assassinated 1898 by Italian anarchist in Geneva

Ball in Vienna, Austria, 1961. Photographed by Inge Morath.

Ball in Vienna, Austria, 1961. Photographed by Inge Morath.

Where Was The Seven Years’ War Fought?

Known by various names – the Pomeranian War (Sweden), the Third Carnatic War (India), the French and Indian War (USA), La guerre de la Conquête (Quebec) – it involved all the major European powers and spanned five continent. Which is why the conflict is sometimes called “World War Zero.”

Former prisoners of Mauthausen-Gusen Concentra…

Former prisoners of Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp welcoming the troops of 11th Armored Division of US Third Army, Austria, 6 May 1945

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Dürnstein, Austria, 1907.

Dürnstein, Austria, 1907.

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The Austrian Empire was serious about its censorship. It had a very, very long state index of banned books, mostly based on the Vatican’s Index librorum prohibitorum.

Ironically, the Austrian state index became a defacto list of interesting books, and students would buy it, to find out what they should be reading!  In the end, the state index was itself placed on a banned books register in 1777.

“Anti-fascist Spaniards salute the force…

“Anti-fascist Spaniards salute the forces of liberation” The 11th Armored Division enters the Mauthausen concentration camp – Austria, 6th of May 1945

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Wonderful life of Austria and Italy in the late 1950s through…

Wonderful life of Austria and Italy in the late 1950s through imptessive black and white photos.

Josip Broz Tito in the Austro-Hungarian army, …

Josip Broz Tito in the Austro-Hungarian army, Drina, Bosnia, Austria-Hungary, 1914

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Sergeant major Josip Broz Tito in the Austro-Hungarian army. He is the one with the rifle.

The picture was taken sometimes before October 3, 1914. The picture was first published in Zagreb weekly Ilustrovani list.

The title is “Our soldiers on Drina river”. The caption under the picture is “Trenches of our soldiers on Drina river in Bosnia, in which the enemy is awaited, also where soldiers sleep at night”

Page from the newspapers.

A different picture, taken on the same occasion was published on November 11, 1914 in Jutarnji list.

During an exhibition in 1970, Tito confirmed it was him in the picture but claimed the picture was taken in Galicia (Ukraine) which doesn’t fit the time-frame since his unit was sent to the Russian front much later.

A German Regiment marching down from their Mou…

A German Regiment marching down from their Mountain Positions to surrender to the Americans – Austria, 1945

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