3 AUL in the footsteps of great literary figures
As part of the subject Art and Culture (KuK), the Matura class (3AUL) undertook a literature walk through Vienna. Together with their class president Klaus Stöger, the students visited two monuments of Viennese writers as well as the famous Strudlhofstiege. The first stop was Schillerplatz. There stands the controversial bust of the lyricist Josef Weinheber. Closely associated with National Socialism, the Viennese rose to become one of Germany's most important writers in the late 1930s. A detailed plaque placed next to the bust describes Weinheber's contradictory life. His (non-political) volume of poetry "Wien wörtlich," in which he depicts the life of the "little people" in the Viennese suburbs, is still popular today.
The next stop was the Grillparzer monument in the Volksgarten. Franz Grillparzer is considered the "Austrian national poet". His work "King Ottokar's Fortune and End" reopened the Burgtheater in 1955. And so it is not surprising that Grillparzer looks from his monument exactly in the direction of the Burgtheater...Last stop was finally the Strudlhofstiege at the Alsergrund. The building, which was erected in 1910, only became really famous through the novel of the same name by Heimito von Doderer. In it, he describes on more than 900 pages - artfully arranged - the lives of people from the Viennese upper middle class.
And who was the surprise guest? Oliver Schneider, former head boy of the GAFA and graduate of the 2019 advanced course, learned about the literature walk by chance during a visit to the GAFA and spontaneously joined the 3AUL! - which also pleased his former German teacher ? In the late afternoon, the extracurricular class ended with coffee and cake in a restaurant in the 9th district.