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” (Habsburgs' dirty war) (2014). He has co-authored the book “Hitler - prägende Jahre” (Hitler - The formative Years) (2020) with Christian Rapp.
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”.
geboren 1974, ist Filmhistorikerin, Redakteurin, Kuratorin diverser Filmreihen, Lektorin an der Universität Wien, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin des Filmarchiv Austria. Zuletzt erschienen: "Streitbare Brüder" (2010).
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.
Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Viktor Frankl – giants of Viennese intellectual life – revolutionised the science of psychological research within a strikingly short span of time. They became the founding fathers of theories and methods of treatment that are still highly influential even today: psychoanalysis, individual psychology and logotherapy. What were their social environments, how were they shaped by their family backgrounds, and what did their professional networks look like? The authors offer a gripping account of a hundred and fifty years of cultural and scientific history, shedding light on the complex relationships between these three figures.
Going beyond psychological speculation, the authors close a gap in historical research by portraying Hitler's family, childhood and youth in its social and cultural context. Focusing on Hitler's time in Braunau through to his experiences in Vienna, they offer an insight into his character traits and ideological imprints. The book closely examines Hitler's personal background as well as his social environment. National fanaticism, race hatred and anti-Semitism had become firmly established in society long before Hitler and the National Socialists started their ascent. Hitler's radicalised rhetoric could only gain potency when his audience already knew what he was speaking of. Taking a fresh look, Leidinger and Rapp detail Hitler's childhood and youth from a new angle.
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.
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.
Die vielen Gesichter des Geheimdienstchefs Maximilian Ronge
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!