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“My romance in a town haunted by its Nazi past”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 21 January 2014 by delclem


“I was a young Jewish woman dating an older man, but I couldn’t escape Vienna’s dark history, or my fears about his.” The following is adapted fromEverything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour,” Rachel Shukert’s just-published memoir of traveling and living in Europe in her very early 20s. This excerpt takes place in Vienna, in the summer of 2003. >full text & illustration (c) SALON, 2014
PS. Why are these bitter sweet & slightly kitschy stories – a sort of Nazi romance/porn – so highly in demand in the English-speaking world?


Performing the impossible

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 9 May 2013 by delclem


Ida Pfeiffer (1797-1858) “was a Viennese women of the Biedermeier era with one dream: she wanted to travel. In the nineteenth century it was impossible for women to fulfil this wish. So she made it her life to perform the impossible.”
>full text (c) 2013

Below: Ms Pfeiffer in travel gear; lithography by Adolf Dauthage; photo: wikipedia Continue reading