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Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

salzburg funicular
view from the hohensalzburg
view from the hohensalzburg
view from the hohensalzburg

Location: Salzburg, Austria

During a visit to Salzburg, Austria, we rode the funicular up to the old Hohensalzburg Fortress built in the 11th century. Located 400 feet above the Salzach river, it offered a spectacular view of the city. Please click on any photo to enlarge.

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April 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm 8 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Albertina Museum

albertina museum
Location: Vienna, Austria

June 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm 18 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

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When I visited the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria last summer, I took pictures of some of the children’s art works on display there.

I was very impressed by the depth of their understanding about the Holocaust. Lacking the vocabulary, they found the means through art to express what they couldn’t say in words.

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January 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm 14 comments


for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 26 December 2014

Note: Björn’s picture reminds me of the Mauthausen concentration camp that I visited last summer. Located in Austria, it was one of the places where the Nazis implemented their vernichtung durch arbeit (extermination through labor) policy.

The prisoners in the camp were subjected to malnutrition, overcrowding, hostile and abusive behaviors by the guards, and hours of hard labor in the quarry (see picture I took below) where they continuously carried blocks of stone weighing as much as 100 pounds up a rock staircase with 186 steps.

Björn Rudberg
Photo Credit: Björn Rudberg

From his grandfather, David’s mom said, he got his looks and physical strength that made him a wrestling champion in college.

David never met him. During World War II, he died in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

While in Munich, he went on a side trip to the infamous camp where his grandfather was subjected to carrying heavy blocks of stone up a rock staircase for refusing to become an informant.

Listening to his mom’s story was one thing, but it was quite another to be where it actually happened. It made the lessons it provided less likely to be forgotten.

mauthausen quarry
Mauthausen Quarry Rock Staircase

December 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm 30 comments

wordless wednesday: strange guard rails

strange guard rails
location: salzburg, austria

August 19, 2014 at 9:46 am 4 comments

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