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Verena Moritz Hannes Leidinger - Colonel Redl

The spying, the scandal, the facts

Sensational: Newly discovered records on the Habsburg Monarchy’s largest case of espionage

Alfred Redl, officer of the Austrian general staff under Franz Joseph I. and in his majesty’s secret service, sold explosive military secrets of the Habsburg empire to Russia, Italy and France to pay for his extravagant lifestyle and love life. His suicide, however, averted the final solution of this scandalous case of espionage that affected half of Europe – stuff that myths and legends are made of... 100 years later, Verena Moritz and Hannes Leidinger went on a fascinating search for clues: What information was sold? Was Redl the head of a whole network of secret agents? What was his motivation? How has this treason influenced World War I? The two historians unearthed sensational material from the archives and shed light on one of the most mysterious chapters in Austrian history.

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with illustrations
320 pages
format:140 x 220
ISBN: 9783701731695
Release date: 15.10.2012

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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”.

Hannes Leidinger

born 1969, studied history, classical archaeology and primeval and ancient history in Vienna.  He is an exhibition curator, an advisor for radio broadcasts and TV documentaries and directs scientific research projects. He also teaches at the Department of Contemporary History of the University of Vienna. Leidinger has published widely and is head of the Vienna branch office of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Kriegsfolgenforschung. Most recently published by Residenz Verlag: “Habsburgs schmutziger Krieg” (2014). He has co-authored the book “Hitler - prägende Jahre” with Christian Rapp. 


Österreichs spektakulärster Spitzelskandal ist endgültig geklärt.

Verena Moritz’ und Hannes Leidingers Redl-Buch ist kein gschmackiger Sachbuch-Thriller mit Unterhaltungsmehrwert, kein James-Bond-Reißer im k.und-k-Kostüm. Die beiden Historiker haben eine penible spionagegeschichtliche Ermittlung vorgelegt, ein materialreiches und profund recherchiertes Buch. Der "Fall Redl" darf nach den Recherchen der beiden wohl endgültig zu den Akten gelegt werden.
Ö1 KONTEXT (Günter Kaindlstorfer)

Eine präzise Konstruktion eines der berühmtesten Kriminalfälle des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Dank bemerkenswerter Aktenfunde und deren akribischer Auswertung gelingt es dem Autoren-Duo, den Fall Redl neu auszuleuchten – und damit nicht nur neue Facetten zu dem Fall beizutragen, sondern auch ein Sittengemälde des untergehenden Habsburger-Reichs anzufertigen.

Dieses Buch lässt eines der rätselhaftesten Kapitel der österreichischen Geschichte in völlig neuem Licht erscheinen.

Die beiden Wiener Geschichtswissenschaftler Verena Moritz und Hannes Leidinger haben nun viele dieser Legenden ins Reich der Fantasie verwiesen. In ihrem Buch «Oberst Redl. Der Spionagefall, der Skandal, die Fakten» - rechtzeitig erschienen zum 100. Jahrestag von Redls Selbstmord infolge seiner Enttarnung - werteten die Beiden erstmals die einschlägigen russischen Akten aus. Damit ließ sich faktisch erhärten, was Redl an das Zarenreich verraten hatte.

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