Hitler, Stalin and Franz Joseph: same time, same place in Vienna

[tweetbutton]Did you know that Franz Joseph, Stalin and Adolf Hitler -responsible for the biggest catastrophes in the world history, in absolute numbers- were all at once in the same place at the same time? This place was Schoenbrunn. The time was February 1913.

Franz Joseph(1830-1916)Josif Stalin(1878-1953)Adolf Hitler(1889-1945)
Franz Josef
Franz Josef
Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler

World War I :

† > 9.000.000

USSR :

† > 20.000.000

World War II :

† > 50.000.000

No.3 Franz Joseph I: World War I., 9.000.000 victims

After the suicide of his son Rudolf -archduke and crown prince of Austria- and the assassination of his wife Elisabeth-Sisi, the old Emperor Franz Joseph I retreated more and more from public life and spent a large part of his time in Schoenbrunn Palace.

The voice of Franz Joseph I, Bad Ischl / Upper Austria, 2. August 1903:

In February 1913 Emperor Franz Joseph I did not yet know that one year later he would react to the murder of his nephew and heir apparent Franz Ferdinand with the declaration of war against Serbia, which would make him responsible for the nine million lives lost in World War I.

Just as little as he knew who was just taking a walk in his park in February 1913.

No.2 Josif Stalin: USSR, 20.000.000 victims

At the same time, only a hundred meters away from Schoenbrunn Palace in Schoenbrunner Schloss-Strasse 30, lived a certain Josif Wissarionowitsch Djugashvili.

Before he went for his daily walk in the park, he always watched the dark green imperial coach, with its coachman dressed in livery, pass under his window.

On January 25, 1913, in Vienna, was the first time this man signed a letter with the name Stalin.

During his gruesome career, which was not to start until a few years after his stay in Vienna, more than 20 million people were executed in the innumerable show trials of his Red Empire.

No.1 Adolf Hitler: World War II., 50.000.000 victims

For more than five years a certain Adolf Hitler had been unsuccessfully trying to establish himself in Vienna. After twice not passing the entry exam for the Viennese Art Academy, he decided to continue living as a Bohemian.

He lived off the sales of his modest drawings of Vienna’s attractions and greatly enjoyed going for regular walks in Schoenbrunn Park.

In May 1913 Hitler left for Germany where he went from being homeless in Vienna to becoming the almighty Führer of the German Reich.

Kubizek, Hitler’s best friend during this time, recounted, “We often watched the old emperor traveling from Schoenbrunn to the Hofburg Palace in his coach.”

Emperor Franz Joseph, Adolf Hitler and Stalin crossed paths in February 1913 in Schoenbrunn without taking notice of each other.

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There were also other men with ‘strong visions’ living in Vienna in February 1913

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Behind the walls of splendid imperial facades some of the most influential people of that time lived here with hole theirs extraordinary passions.
On our journey through imperial Vienna you will discover:
- Where Ludwig van Beethoven met Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;
- Where Adolf Hitler in Vienna usually used to drink his tea, a couple of tables away from Gustav Klimt;
- The park where Hitler and Stalin crossed paths without taking notice of each other;
- In exactly which room of their imperial home young Marie Antoinette played with her sisters and brothers;
- The castle which Empress Elisabeth – Sisi marked as her dungeon castle;
- From which table the Emperor Franz Joseph I set in motion the World War I …

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4 thoughts on “Hitler, Stalin and Franz Joseph: same time, same place in Vienna

  1. Wasn’t Vienna a major banking center? What are the chances that they were all there for the same reason unbeknownst to each? After all they had financial backing to do what they did.

  2. Both Hitler and Stalin used Darwinian concepts to set their agendas, Hitler basing his ideas on the master race, while Stalin’s atheism was he felt supported. by Darwin’s great work of science.

    The world at that time was in great flux. Scientific history of the time reveals that a number of scientific theories including Darwin’s theory of evolution, quantum theory based on Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (HUP), and the theory of general relativity came to prominence

    These theories include concepts such as the struggle for survival, uncertainty, and even time travel that were part of the psychological fabric of this historical period that included two World Wars, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the use of atheism as a method of state control. While it was not the aim of the discoverers/creators of these theories to cause these outcomes the various concepts did in fact add to the general existential angst within the populations of the developed world and beyond.

    The 18th and 19th centuries had been periods of great social change; the Industrial and French revolutions had taken place; John Adams, Charles Darwin and Carl Marx had published their various ideas. But the first three decades of the 20th century were a period of enormous change for the average citizen in the developed world. Indeed it was revolutionary on many fronts, economically, socially, politically, militarily; and importantly science and technology. Great changes were afoot. The railways were connecting the cities with each other and with the countryside; the airplane and the motor vehicle were being developed as means of mass transit. Röntgen had discovered X-rays which were soon being used for medical imaging. Behind the scenes Planck and Einstein had revealed the reality of quantum physics, while Einstein also introduced the world to relativity and the way it seemed to lengthen time and distance at high speeds. At the same time Darwin’s work had developed into an accepted theory of how different species adapted to gain an advantage, a niche where they could survive.

  3. Amazing. If Lenin had not died so soon, (thereby paving the way for Stalin), and Hitler been accepted to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (thereby avoiding all the horrors of the Third Reich and WW2), how different would this world be.

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