On a beautiful Sunday two weekends ago with the Teenagers and a visiting friend off cycling along the Wachau Valley, Tony and I pointed the wagon toward one of our favorite palaces/castles in the area, Renaissanceschloss Schallaburg. The Schloss offers some of the most uniquely curated exhibits; and if that isn’t enough to tempt one to visit, the structure and gardens make for a pleasant outing in and of themselves.
The reason for our fourth (!) visit to this Schloss was to view its latest exhibit, The 70’s. Upon entering the first courtyard one was met with a timeline of the decade, offering memorable moments from across the globe, and we spent several minutes remarking, “Oh, yeah! I remember…”
The 70’s were a turbulent time, no doubt. In Austria, an “Open up the homes” movement was underway to protest against bullying and the abuse of children, still common in public reform schools. Successful protests also resulted in a reduction of national service requirements and the establishment of alternative civilian service.
Equal Rights. Always a hot topic.
In the 1970’s Austrian working women earned one-third less than their male counterparts. In forty years, that figure has only improved to a quarter less than their male counterparts. It probably didn’t help that,”menus” like this one existed. (I checked their online menu, but could not discern whether the proprietor still thought a depiction of women as “meat” was good PR.)
“No Nukes” is always a popular protest theme.
An example of the underclothes required for workers at Zwetendorf, Austria’s fully constructed but never operational nuclear power plant. Bizarre.
And speaking of bizarre, surrounding the crypt in the Schloss was a running platform of Austrian technology throughout the decade.
Pop culture of the decade was featured, as well. Translations can be funny sometimes.
“The White Shark” just isn’t as intimidating of a movie title as, “JAWS.” 🙂
Not funny, however, was the horror of the Am Spiegelgrund “clinic,” where hundreds of children were tortured and murdered for being, “Genetically Inferior” between 1940 and 1945, and yet somehow “research” at the hospital was allowed to continue into the 1970s and 1980s. This puppet depiction of deformed survivors was part of the lengthy and protracted legal proceedings against Heinrich Gross, a chief “practitioner” at the hospital during Austria’s Second Republic.
To wrap up the outing, lunch along the Danube and a lovely drive home.