The year also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Anschluss when Nazi Germany annexed Austria. Heldenplatz is the square where Adolf Hitler was greeted on March 15, and he addressed thousands of jubilant Austrians. Although the play was to be published only after the premiere, selected extracts were leaked to the press in the days prior to the first performance. Zittel, the housekeeper and Herta, the maid, discuss Josef. The couple had decided to return to Oxford where they had lived for ten years in exile before returning to Vienna "for the love of music". A few days before their departure, considering that "now everything is worse than fifty years ago" and that "there are now more Nazis in Vienna than in ", Joseph Schuster commits suicide by throwing himself out the window from their apartment overlooking Heldenplatz.

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Start your review of Heldenplatz Write a review Shelves: drama , favorites , so-good-it-hurts , thomas-bernhard After the Nazi era, is there a place in the public space for war heroes? In his inimitable style, Thomas Bernhard shows the everyday fascism of conventional, conservative society, and the pain it causes victims and sensitive thinkers.

A professor, driven away from Vienna during the Nazi regime, returns to the city after the war, only to realise he cant stomach the stupid and blind arrogance of its inhabitants who never truly turn their backs on the ideology of national socialism.

He buys an After the Nazi era, is there a place in the public space for war heroes? Reading Thomas Bernhard again after many years, I am stunned at the continued relevance of his sharp tongue. Across the world, we have put up monuments to celebrate military success, and we proudly look up to people who lead countries into war and destruction, often representing an oppressive ideology or religion.

Who tells the stories of those who suffered from the victories of the national heroes? Who tells the stories of those who were terrified when they heard the masses roar in front of a populist leader?

Who tells the stories of those who said no to violence and fame and honour and dominance and were punished for it? Thomas Bernhard does. His voice might not be welcome, as he calls everyday fascists by their proper names. His voice might enrage those who need heroes to feel superior to other people, and to justify themselves and their historical identity. Where do we draw a line? Which military action is admirable, and which one is condemnable?

Reading Thomas Bernhard, I think it is time to put the victims of violence on pedestals: slaves, women, children, people resisting war and violence.

Nurses, doctors, educators, philosophers, human rights activists. Why do we still celebrate military power in a world that can be wiped out on a whim? Is it not time to reconsider the terms of honour and heroism and let go of public military glorification?

Do we really still want our youth to admire and worship the warriors of the past? Military history belongs into textbooks and museums, and should be studied with care and thoughtfulness, but should it really decorate our public spaces? I hear the victims of ideological warriors scream, just like Thomas Bernhard.


Thomas Bernhard

Geburtstags des Wiener Burgtheaters und des Auch hier gehen die Hassreden weiter. Immer wieder wird der vermeintliche Judenhass der Wiener angeprangert. Wien habe sie immer gehasst. Ganz sicher werde die Frau Professor, die doch ein Stadtmensch sei, es in Neuhaus nicht lange aushalten.


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