New Addition To The Blogroll

Thanks to Ellroon, who posted something from the blog Sometimes Interesting; it’s theme is “weird, forgotten and sometimes interesting things”.

The blogger includes background history on each subject as well as photographs.

And here is a snippet of local weird, forgotten and possibly interesting. At present I am reading “… und träumte, ich wäre frei“, a memoir by Carmella Flöck, an Innsbruck woman who survived the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. She wrote that in the late 1930s Tirol’s Gauleiter, Franz Hofer, decided that the Annasäule (St. Anne Column)

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and the Triumphpforte (Triumph Arch)

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were traffic obstructions and needed to be torn down. A group of architects wrote to Albert Speer and pleaded with him to intervene, which he did, saying that these were landmarks. If he hadn’t, it’s possible those two monuments would be long gone and only found on old postcards.

Images from Wikipedia here (g) and here (g).

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2 Responses to New Addition To The Blogroll

  1. paschberg says:

    Also the old Rotunda and the old Hungerburgbahn would have been part of this “purge”,planned in 1938(s. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungerburgbahn or Walter Kreutz: Straßenbahnen Buss und Seilbahnen von Innsbruck, Seite 232)

  2. Marcellina says:

    Really?! Wow. Neither of those would have been in anyone’s way… it sounds as if he wanted to dismantle the town back into the Middle Ages.

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