born 1966 in Vienna, studied pharmacy. He has been working as a journalist since 1984. Kramar began writing for the daily newspaper “Kurier” in 1992, and became an editor for the foreign desk in 1999. He is the author of several acclaimed books on historical subjects such as “Die schrulligen Habsburger” and "Prinz Eugen".
A journey through Europe and it's unresolved history
A Hungarian prime minister makes a Jewish billionaire into public enemy number one for the sake of an anti-European election campaign. In Barcelona, nationalist politicians go to jail for a vague dream of freedom, and Britain's EU opponents orchestrate Brexit as a fight against German supremacy. Europe is undergoing the greatest crisis since WW2. Konrad Kramar has visited the current hot spots of trouble. Beyond the bluster of populist campaigning and anti-European agitation, he shines a light on the rifts in nations and societies and traces them back to their origins in war, violence and displacement. Kramar explains why current politics has no answers to these crises and shows where solutions might be found.
How miners from Altaussee saved art treasures looted by the Nazis from destruction
The Allies had won the war, Hitler was dead, but a fanatic Gauleiter was still set on destroying Europe’s greatest art treasure: an enormous collection of art works confiscated by the Nazis. The Gauleiter gave orders to blow up the tunnels of Altaussee’s salt mine where the stolen art, intended for the ‘Führermuseum’, had been hidden since 1943. Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Leonardo da Vinci were almost blown to pieces. But luckily, a handful of local men from Salzkammergut (and a few accomplices) managed to save the priceless treasure from destruction.
Mission Michelangelo is the story of a few brave men and one of the most mysterious episodes from the last days of World War II.
Military commander, strategist, philosopher, gardener, architect – the historic image of Prince Eugene of Savoy is larger than life, just like his statue on Vienna’s Heldenplatz. Loyalty and honor determined his actions, yet his personality was marked by deep neurosis rooted in his childhood. His entire life he hid his vulnerability behind a public image that he wore like a mask. From both a historical and today’s perspective, Konrad Kramar and Georg Mayrhofer present the complex portrait of a public person who influenced the course of history and a private person who tried to hide behind his role as a hero.