Archive for January, 2014

200th birthday of Georg Büchner

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 18 January 2014 by delclem

Georg Büchner: Revolutionary with Pen and Scalpel [Georg Büchner. Revolutionär mit Feder und Skalpell], an exhibition from October 13, 2013 to February 16, 2014 at the Darmstadium Conference Centre, Darmstadt. The catalogue of the same title is published by Hatje Cantz, 612 pages, €65 (US $89). >More about the author
(c) WSWS, 2014


“Nationalist Copyright on WW1?”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 17 January 2014 by delclem

“As we are entering the anniversary of the centenary with the outbreak of World War One, controversies over how to commemorate the past are heating up. A few day ago, I published a comment  in the Austrian daily Die Presse on debates and controversies over the commemoration of World War One. As unfortunately these debates are mostly published in German (and Serbian) only. Thus, some key points and links here.” Reblogged text by Florian Bieber, professor of SE European Studies, University of Graz

Stalin in Vienna: 1913, 1949, 2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 12 January 2014 by delclem

101 years ago, in January 1913, Ioseb B. dze Jugashvili aka. Joseph Stalin stayed in Vienna for a while to investigate the multi-ethnic setup of the Habsburg Monarchy for his publication on Marxism & the National Question.In 1949 the Austrian Communist Party KPÖ put a commorative plaque on the facade of the building in Schönbrunner Schlosstraße (no. 30) on the occasion of Stalin’s 70th birthday. In 2012, an additional plaque was mounted to commemorate Stalin’s/Stalinist crimes as well – a very Austrian solution to the problem, it seems. >more (in German); photo (c)ru, 2014

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 11 January 2014 by delclem

Fare Well Illyria “As a reporter for the prestigious New York Times, the author David Binder interviewed many of the leading political figures of the Balkans (Illyria). He also sought out the area’s intellectuals, many of them critical of their leaders, and everyday people who provide a sense of daily life. He devotes a chapter to each ethnic group from Vlachs to Serbs, talks about their differences and similarities, and does so without giving offense. He also provides a short historical account of the various places he visits, which deepens our understanding of the local cultures.” >more (c) CEU Press, 2013

WWI: “an imperial bloodbath that’s a warning, not a noble cause”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 8 January 2014 by delclem

Matt Kenyon for Seumas Milne on world war one
“Tory claims that 1914 was a fight for freedom are absurd – but then history wars
are about the future as much as the past.”>text & illu (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2014

Jewish Surnames Explained

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 5 January 2014 by delclem

“Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names. Some German-speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last names until compelled to do so. The process began in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1787 and ended in Czarist Russia in 1844.” >text (c) SLATE, 2014
Map by Richard Andree: the Jews of Central Europe, 1881.

Sarajevo, before the storm of history

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 1 January 2014 by delclem

A photo by Auguste Léon taken on 15 Oktober 1912 in Sarajevo (c) SZ, 2013