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Alfred Pfoser

Alfred Pfoser, born 1952 in Wels, studied literature, history and journalism in Salzburg. From 1998 to 2007 he was Director of Vienna Public Libraries, from 2007 to 2016 Director of the printed materials collection and Assistant Director of the Vienna City Library. He has published numerous works on Austrian cultural and literary history. His most recently published book at Residenz Verlag: “Im Epizentrum des Zusammenbruchs. Wien im Ersten Weltkrieg” (2013). His current book, co-authored with Andreas Weigl and published by Residenz Verlag: “Die erste Stunde Null".

 

Books

Coverabbildung von "Meine angebetete Louise"

Otto Wagner Andreas Nierhaus (Edited by) Alfred Pfoser (Edited by) - My beloved Louise!

The Architect's Diary 1915-1918

October 26th 1915 was a fateful day for Vienna's leading architect and city planner. It was the day his wife Louise, 18 years his junior, died of cancer. Wagner had started to keep a diary when Louise was first diagnosed and continued to regularly record his memories of better days and comments on current developments. He intended the diary to be a memorial to is unparalleled love for Louise, yet it also reveals the misanthropic despair of a great artist. He considered himself to be at the peak of his craft and felt a Habsburg victory was close, bringing fresh opportunities to realise his plans. But old age afflictions and the miseries of WW1 took a growing toll on his day-to-day life. Rampant anti-Semitism, suffering and paranoia increasingly defined his thoughts. Three years on, the death of this patriarch coincided with the end of the Habsburg empire.

Coverabbildung von "The first zero hour"

Andreas Weigl Alfred Pfoser - The first zero hour

The founding years of the Austrian Republic 1918-1920

The war had come to an end, the monarchy was in ruins, the Kaiser abdicated. New states were hurriedly formed: one of them called itself the Republic of German-Austria. As yet, no borders had been defined for the new state, there was no constitution to govern the political structure. German-Austria wanted to attach itself to the German Reich, Vorarlberg to Switzerland and a few territories flirted with free-state ideas. At the same time, the founding years of the First Republic were also a great awakening towards modernity. They laid the basis for a social democracy, included women in the political process and brought a new zest for life. The authors provide a panoramic view of the experimental laboratory of a nation’s self-discovery – leading to the birth of the Austrian Republic.