"Flackturm - Stifskaserne Courtyard" Vienna Off The Beaten Path Tip by yooperprof

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  what did you do in the war?
by yooperprof

Literally, a flacktower: one of six World War II anti-aircraft towers scattered around Vienna, these are ugly and indestructible but also oddly essential reminders of a past that simply cannot be quietly forgotten. They were constructed both as gun-posts and as fortified citadels, each with the capacity of housing thousands of troops in completely self-sufficient and self-sustaining environments. Walls up to thirty feet thick, air filters to protect against poison gas, secure water and electrical facilities. After their inevitable victory, the Nazis planned to encase the towers in marble and use them as victory monuments - so their present state of decrepitude is poetically appropriate. I have read that some of the Viennese people are embarrassed by them and would like them to be destroyed, but I am glad that the past can not be so simply wished away.

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  • Written Sep 25, 2003
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