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Von der Befreiung zur Freiheit


A sensitive portrait of one of the most important eras of Austrian history – from Austria’s Allied occupation until the re-establishment of full sovereignty with the State Treaty in 1955. Erich Lessing portrayed politics as well as a new emerging society and the revival of the cultural scene in post-war Austria. Text contributions by well-known personalities like Gerd Bacher, Alexander Giese and Ludwig Steiner.

Ein Photoalbum 1945-1960. Mit Beiträgen von Gerd Bacher, Alexander Giese, etc... Verlag der Metamorphose, Wien 2005

230 photos
Helmut Qualtinger (1928-1986), actor, writer and comedian, in his role as "Herr Karl". 
In a frightening monologue, "Herr Karl" opportunistically switches between political loyalties, is paid for joining demonstrations and considers himself a victim of circumstances.
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Helmut Qualtinger (1928-1986), actor, writer and comedian, in his role as "Herr...

Potsdam Conference: Stalin, Molotov and others
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Potsdam Conference: Stalin, Molotov and others

After World War II, Vienna was divided between all
four occupation forces, US, British, French and
Soviet Russian. Joint military patrols formed the
"Four in a Jeep".Roll-call before a new tour of duty.
Vienna, 1947
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After World War II, Vienna was divided between all four occupation forces, US, B...

Salztor-Bridge across the Danube Canal,Vienna.The signboard says:"Exit from the Russian Zone"; the monument at left reminds passers-by that "this bridge was destroyed by German Fascists in 1945 and rebuilt upon orders of  Soviet Marshal Koniew.." Vienna,1947
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Salztor-Bridge across the Danube Canal,Vienna.The signboard says:"Exit from the...

A man feeds sparrows in front of graves of Soviet
soldiers who died during the battle of Vienna in
April 1945. In the background the Vienna City-hall.

Vienna,1947
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A man feeds sparrows in front of graves of Soviet soldiers who died during the b...

Unemployed Viennese waiting to be registered and to receive unemployment benefits.
Vienna,1947
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Unemployed Viennese waiting to be registered and to receive unemployment benefit...

Peace returns to war-damaged Vienna:the opening waltz
in Vienna's "Musikverein" concert hall.
Vienna, 1947
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Peace returns to war-damaged Vienna:the opening waltz in Vienna's "Musikverein"...

A rare fraternization: Soviet and US-soldiers gathered around a camera in Vienna's Prater park.    
Vienna, 1947
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A rare fraternization: Soviet and US-soldiers gathered around a camera in Vienna...

Post-war Vienna.
Ruins of the Philippshof shelter, which collapsed during an air-raid on 12 March 1945, killing 250 people. The damaged opera house is visible in the background.

Albertinaplatz, Vienna, Austria, 1945
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Post-war Vienna. Ruins of the Philippshof shelter, which collapsed during an ai...

The body of operasinger Maria Cebotari (1910-1949) lies in state   
in the war-damaged Vienna Operahouse. Viennese music  lovers  
file past.                                      
Vienna,1949
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The body of operasinger Maria Cebotari (1910-1949) lies in state in the war-...

The deathmask is taken of composer Franz Lehar         
(1870-1948) on his deathbed in his villa in Ischl,     
Austria.
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The deathmask is taken of composer Franz Lehar (1870-1948) on his death...

The four High Commissioners of Austria in 1949: (l. to r.) Geoffrey Keyes (USA), Sir Alexander Galloway (UK), Emile Béthouard (France) and Vadim Sviridov (USSR).

Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria, 1949
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The four High Commissioners of Austria in 1949: (l. to r.) Geoffrey Keyes (USA),...