Vienna mine-free

It is the nature of the WWII Soviet mine-free inscriptions that they constantly become fewer. At best they stop their decay, as on the Stephansdom of Vienna, where it was put under protective glass, or on the museum of Dresden, where it was even cast in bronze. But it is rare that a new copy emerges, which I have seen now for the first time, in Vienna on Josefsplatz, at the corner of Bräunerstraße. For years I passed right by when going to the ancient reading room of the Nationalbibliothek, but it has come to light only now, and it has also been beautifully restored. Sarcastically, it confronts old Franz Joseph calling his peoples to war against the Russians, across the way on the facade of the library.

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