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Austria: Arrive and revive
    2018-01-29  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

James Baquet

Fans of “The Sound of Music” may know that the central European country of Austria was the home of the von Trapp family, and was overrun by Nazi Germany during World War II. That much, at least, of the film is historical, though the filmmakers took many liberties with the facts.

One of these is a mere question of geography. At the end of the film the family leaves Salzburg and hikes over the Alps to neutral Switzerland in order to escape the Nazis. But the Swiss border is well over 200 kilometers from Salzburg; just over the mountains is Germany itself, which would have taken them out of the frying pan and into the fire.

In fact, the von Trapps walked to the nearest train station and boarded a train to Italy, about half the distance. Today, the Czech Republic (then part of Czechoslovakia) and Germany lie to the north; Hungary and Slovakia (then the other part of Czechoslovakia) to the east; Slovenia (once part of Yugoslavia, which had been partitioned for annexation into Germany, Italy and Hungary during the war) and Italy to the south; and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Austria is a German-speaking country (which accounts for native Arnold Schwarzenegger’s accent), and many figures that we associate with German culture were in fact Austrians, including musicians Joseph Haydn, Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss Senior and Junior; filmmakers Fritz Lang and Otto Preminger; philosophers Martin Buber and Ludwig Wittgenstein; scientists (and science philosophers) Fritjof Capra, Kurt Godel, Wolfgang Pauli and Erwin Schrodinger; psychiatrists Alfred Adler, Viktor Frankl and Sigmund Freud; writers Franz Kafka and Rainer Maria Rilke; Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal; and the Nazi leader himself, Adolf Hitler.

In addition to Salzburg and its music festival, big draws in Austria include Vienna (the capital and largest city) notable for its waltz events; Innsbruck, especially for winter sports (it hosted both the 1964 and the 1976 Winter Olympics); and the vineyards of the Danube valley.

Vocabulary:

Which words above mean:

1. from a bad situation into a worse one

2. invaded

3. separated into parts

4. doctors of the mind

5. non-aligned, not taking sides

6. places where wine grapes are grown

7. music (and dance) in 3/4 time

8. acted freely, disregarded

9. got on

10. taking of one territory into another

 

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