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Vienna Central Cemetery and anniversary of the July Revolt

Today, July 15th, is the anniversary of the 1927 incident at the Palace of Justice in which the right-wing paramilitary forces, including the Nationalists, armed the police and attacked protesting social democrats, killing more than 80 and injuring over 600.
A memorial plaque to the victims was dedicated at the Central Cemetery Zentralfriedhof in 2007.

The incident was a rehearsal for further right-wing violence underwritten by wealthy industrialists and the Catholic Church, eventually leading to the fascist takeover in 1934. That's how these things get started. As Hegel said, what we learn from history is that we don't learn from history.

The Central Cemetery is the second-largest cemetery in Europe, apparently, and worth a tour. The gravestones in the Jewish section were most recently desecrated and vandalized in 2012. There are guided tours of the church on site every first Sunday at 9.45h
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Central_Cemetery

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Thank you for the reminder. May juggle our previous itinerary to do guided tour on first Sunday of the month. Any suggestions for transportation? Train?

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Food for thought , particularly , "That's how these things get started. As Hegel said, what we learn from history is that we don't learn from history. " Thank you for this

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The gravestones in the Jewish section were most recently desecrated and vandalized in 2012.

As far as I know this act of vandalism pertained to less than 50 graves, out of 50000+. (That does not make this act any less despicable.)

Several tour operators and city guides offer tours to the Central Cemetery. (In winter there is even a night tour when the cemetery is closed to the public, the "Scary Tour".)

Best public transport to the Central Cemetery is tram line 71, departing from the Ring boulevard.

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it's line 71 or line 6 and then a ten-minute walk to get to the church itself

As of autumn 2019 tram line 6 will be replaced by line 11 at Central Cemetery.

The distance from the tram stop to the church is 500 m (.3 mi).

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Thanks so much for the detailed information about the church interior... I am saving it on ibooks! Sounds fascinating. Also appreciate the transportation information.

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What things? I went back to Zentralfriedhof in 2016 to see the WW1 part again.