I have got to go see this.
Vienna has a new memorial, and I think it’s a good one. It honors the people (about 30,000) who resisted playing a part in the National Socialist murderous machinery and who got sentenced to death for it, many among them army deserters. The artist, Olaf Nicolai, explicitly conceived the memorial as a site in urban space that invites walking and sitting on it; celebrating life, individuality, and courage. According to him, visitors should feel free to engage directly with the memorial instead of merely gawking at it reverentially from the distance. I was very amused to see the Austrian president together with the artist climb the memorial during the dedication ceremony. So, today I followed the president’s example and, once on top, was rewarded with the inscription, a poem by Ian Hamilton Finlay that addresses the relationship between the individual and larger society and its power structures.
This H&M on Graben is possibly one of the most swanky looking ones around. I got a little giggle from the name E. Braun & Co that’s branded on the building… presumably not der Führer’s girlfriend? Well. Even if so, it’s probably not funny. I’ve been in here once or twice… it’s just a normal H&M.
My fellow Viennese blogger Chael has explained the history of the building on the blog Viennarightnow. Click here to see the post!