Book presentation: Elisabeth Buxbaum Liebesgrüsse von der Front: Briefe Franz Werfels an Gertrud Spirk 1915–1918
The Prague poet and writer Franz Werfel wrote around 350 letters and postcards from the front to his fiancée Gertrud Spirk. These hitherto unpublished sources give an insight into the intimate feelings of the soldier Werfel, but also into his writing during the war years, which is interesting from both a literary and a social point of view.
In summer 1917 Werfel was posted to the war press department in Vienna. In November that year he met Alma Mahler-Gropius, with whom he remained connected for the rest of his life and who emigrated with him to the USA in 1940. There was no room any more in this new life for Gertrud Spirk and her name was forgotten.
Elisabeth Buxbaum, born in Vienna; studied history and German, Dr. phil.; research on nineteenth-century Austrian literature, e.g. Joseph Schreyvogel and Adalbert Stifter, and on Goethe and Austria; curated an exhibition of the same name in the Austrian National Library in 1999; previous book on World War I in 2014: Des Kaisers Literaten: Kriegspropaganda zwischen 1914 und 1918 published by Edition Steinbauer.
Ildiko Raimondi (soprano)
Eduard Kutrowatz (piano)
Free admission from 6.45 p.m.
Our thanks to MUSIC VIDIC, 1040 Vienna, Margaretenstr. 23, for providing the piano.