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    Potsdam Conference: Stalin, Molotov and others

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    The provisional Austrian cabinet sitting at the first meeting of the first elected parliament of the Second Republic. At the top centre of the dais is Karl Seitz, former mayor of Vienna, in the centre of the bottom row is Karl Renner, 75-year old chancellor in the provisional government, who became the first president of the Republic, December 20th, 1945

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    Elections in Austria, November 25, 1945: Dr.Karl Renner, former chancellor, then leader of the Austrian Socialist Party, casts his vote.

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    Dr.Karl Renner taking the office of president of the Second Austrian Republic before the assembled members of the newly elected Parliament. 20 December 1945.

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    Austrian Parliament: Dr.Felix Hurdes, Secretary of State for Education, speaking. Below him (L.to r.) are Dr. Georg Zimmermann, Leopold Figl, Karl Renner state-chancellor, Adolf Schaerf,Franz Honner ,December 19th, 1945.

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    The four High Commissioners of Austria in 1949: (l. to r.) Geoffrey Keyes (USA), Sir Alexander Galloway (UK), Emile Béthouard (France) and Vadim Sviridov (USSR). Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria, 1949

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    Corpus Christi procession on Traunsee-lake. The Holy Sacrament is taken out of the church and carried by the priest to a boat on which an altar has been erected. The procession, all in boats, circles around the lake behind the boat with the host. Mass is held in four different spots on the lakeside.

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    Corpus Christi procession on Traunsee-lake. The Holy Sacrament is taken out of the church and conveyed by the priest to a boat on which an altar has been erected. The procession, all in boats, circles around the lake behind the boat with the host. Masses are held in four diffrent spots on the lake.

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    Corpus Christi procession on Traunsee-lake. The Holy Sacrament is taken out of the church and conveyed by the priest to a boat on which an altar has been erected. The procession, all in boats, circles around the lake behind the boat with the host. Masses are held in four diffrent spots on the lake.

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    Austrian President Dr. Karl Renner, veteran socialist leader, casting his ballot in the General Election on October 9, 1949.

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    An Austrian billboard 1949: "Do not buy from shops that sell above prices set by the government! Fight with the Socialists"; "ERP - Austria needs 18 countries - 18 countries need Austria"; a movie-poster "Sindbad the Seafarer"; and an appeal by the Union of Austrian Concentration Camp Victims asking for support for an international Peace- Movement.

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    Shop windows are filled with goods again. Prices are still high for the average citizen, but controlled prices work to the great advantage of the average working people. October 1949

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    Socialist and catholic student groups clashed at the University of Vienna, in a feud which dates back to the 19th century. Catholic students had appeared, on Ascebsion Day, in the traditional caps and ribbons of the catholic students' corps. Police finally restored order after a dozen students had been injured. May 30, 1949

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    Socialist and catholic student groups clashed at the University of Vienna, in a feud which dates back to the 19th century. Catholic students had appeared, on Ascension Day, in the traditional caps and ribbons of the catholic students' corps. Police finally restored order after a dozen students had been injured. May 30, 1949

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    The "Magic Flute" at the Salzburg Festival 1949, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwaengler, performed in the "Rocky Riding School" hewn into a mountain in downtown Salzburg.

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    The sign at the Austro-Hungarian frontier warns:"Attention - mines along barbed wire fence". Apparently ironically, residents on the Austrian side have nailed a Communist poster under the warning sign which says:"Stalin - his name means peace".

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    One of the largest power dams in Europe, under construction in Kaprun, Austria, was scheduled to be completed in 1950. The Limberg-dam is120 m high and 354 m long. The project has been possible largely through the aid of Marshall Plan counterpart funds.

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    Soviet General of the Army Vladimir Kurasov, who spent two years in Austria as High Commissioner, leaves Vienna and will be succeeded by Lt.General Sviridov. General Kurasov paid his farewell visit to the American High Commissioner, Lt.General Geoffrey Keyes. From left to right: Keyes, Lt.Charles Simpson III, General Kurasov.

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    A "War of posters" in Vienna, for the General elections on October 9, 1949. A huge poster warns Austrians "not to buy the cat in the bag" i.e. unseen, but to vote for the conservative People's Party. The poster is affixed to the as yet unrestored facade of the "Burgtheater", the foremost Austrian stage for classical drama.

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    Four years after the end of World War II,Austrian prisoners of war return from POW-camps in the Soviet Union. Vienna,1947

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    Austrian parliametary elections 1949: the three arrows of the Austrian Socialist Party signify democracy, socialism and propsperity. Vienna, 1947

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    Austrian parliametary elections 1949:The Christian- Conservative Peoples'Party warns voters to beware of the "red octopus" crushing Europe with its arms. The small poster below left shows the three arrows of the Austrian Socialist Party.Vienna, 1947

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    Parade of Austrian gendarmes before President Karl Renner (standing, under canopy) to celebrate the gendarmeries' one hundredth anniversary of their founding. The units march past the still war-damaged Parliament building on the Ringstrasse-Boulevard, Vienna, 1949.

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