Gundolf Graml, Agnes Scott College Tourism and the 75th Anniversary of the Second Austrian Republic
How does a country on the wrong side of a war go onto quickly become a tourist destination. I'm Dr Lynn Pascarella President Mutation of American colleges and universities and today on the academic minute goodenow grandma professor of German studies at. Agnes. Scott. College Discusses One instance from World War Two. In the fall of nineteen forty, five Austrian Chancellor Karl Hannah pleaded with his fellow citizens we love our Heimat but we need foreigners. We need tourism invite the whole world to be allegations. The timing remains remarkable. Only a few months earlier the last now TV divisions on Austrian soil had surrendered to allied troops. And while the war was over the Cold War was about to begin. Didn't, the chancellor have to address more pressing topics. It wasn't just the economic importance of the tourism industry that focused attention on tourism. Austria's collaboration with Nazi Germany had severely compromised its international standing. Appealing trip benevolent foreign tourists gaze facilitated. Austria's re introduction to the world not the perpetrator but as an alleged victim of Nazi aggression. This new Austria presented itself to the world using the trappings of Habsburg irritate tourism promotion. Beautiful landscapes, music and theater and a friendly people. The fifty fifth anniversary of the sound of music shows how globalized cultural narratives also played a role. Post Austria initially ignored the nineteen sixty, five Hollywood film that celebrated the top families resistance against the Nazi takeover of Austria. But decades of successful sound of music themed tours and the two thousand eleven premiere of a German language. Musical. Insults Burke Rob, the top family home so to speak. For many Austrians the musicals use of local costumes Austin, vernacular phrases, transformed American Tourism Kitsch into expression of authentic Australia's. And created yet, another tourist attraction that was going to off grandma of Agnes Scott. College. You can find this other segments and more information about the professors at academic minute dot org production support for the academic minute comes from a Ac and you advancing liberal learning and research for the public. Good.