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Verena Moritz

Verena Moritz

born 1969, studied History and Russian in Vienna. She has spent many years conducting first-hand research in Russia. Next to exhibition work, she has held a great number of lectures at home and abroad, including Ukraine and Russia. Moritz is a member of several research projects, among them investigations of prisoners of war in the First World War and Parliamentarism in Austria and Russia in the early 20th century. She has received numerous grants and awards, including: the Werner Hallweg Prize granted by German Bundeswehr and the Anniversary Award of the Böhlau Verlag granted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2004; The Theodor Kery Fund Award and Theodor Körner Fund Award in 2006; In 2013 her work was named “Science Book of the Year” (in the category Humanities, Social Studies & Cultural Studies) by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research. She has written numerous scientific articles and publications and authored a series of books with Hannes Leidinger, including: “Gefangenschaft, Revolution, Heimkehr”, “Schwarzbuch der Habsburger”, “Russisches Wien”, “Zwischen Nutzen und Bedrohung”, and “Die Nacht des Kirpitschnikow”.

Books

Coverabbildung von "1917 – Austrian voices on the Russian Revolution"

Verena Moritz - 1917 – Austrian voices on the Russian Revolution

From an Austrian point of view, what relevance do the two Russian revolutions have? Many Austrian soldiers, serving under the Habsburg Monarchy’s army, were held prisoner in Russia following the First World War. What did they experience and what were their thoughts on the historic upheaval that not only forever changed Russia, but the entire world? What hopes and fears awaited them at home? How did Austrians comment on the development of a new world order, which would ultimately divide the world into two camps? Verena Moritz presents and analyzes personal diaries, letters, newspaper articles and further as of now unpublished material. She successfully paints a vivid portrait of an era marked by major historical changes that have had an effect to this day.

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Hannes Leidinger Verena Moritz Karin Moser Wolfram Dornik - The Habsburgs’ Dirty War

An Analysis of Austro-Hungarian Warfare 1914-1918

New research on the darkest chapter of World War I: the authors examine the strategies and calculations employed by the Habsburg ruling elite. They show how the war, which began with the main aim of destroying Serbia, was allowed to get out of hand, with no consideration of the losses. And what happened in the zones occupied by the Imperial armies? Were Austro-Hungarian forces responsible for war crimes? This book sheds a shocking light on chains of command, prejudices, and escalating violence towards suspects, civilians and ‘administrated masses’. A disturbing panorama of the Habsburg Empire’s path to downfall.

Coverabbildung von "At the Centre of Power. The many faces of Maximilian Ronge, director of the k.u.k. Secret Service"

Verena Moritz Hannes Leidinger Gerhard Jagschitz - At the Centre of Power. The many faces of Maximilian Ronge, director of the k.u.k. Secret Service

Maximilian Ronge was the last director of the Austrian k.u.k. monarchy’s secret service. His career shows several similarities to the one of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, who headed the German military intelligence service under the Nazi regime. Ronge was an important figure in the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and also later, when Austria had become a republic. He used his extended networks of spies against “all kinds of traitors”, secessionists, socialists and Bolsheviks. Before 1938, no spy in Austria could possibly evade him. Even after being released from the Dachau concentration camp, Ronge continued his activities. After the end of WW II, he cooperated with the American occupants to set up a new secret service in Austria. These are only a few milestones in Ronge’s career. In the course of his life, this man has served many masters, but at heart he remained loyal to his emperor. Finding out about Ronge’s behind-the-scenes activities required meticulous research, since he not only was an expert in espionage and intrigue, but also a master in covering his tracks. The two historians Verena Moritz and Hannes Leidinger, however, give full account of this extraordinary life, and Ronge’s grandson Gerhard Jagschitz provides a private insight. A book that will cause a stir!