Pinsteps. Place of book burning on Residenzplatz in Salzburg
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The National Socialists staged a large-scale public book burning on Residenzplatz on April 30, 1938. This act was meant to eradicate undesirable opinions and convictions symbolically and was one of many stages along the upward spiral of Nazi aggression. The works burnt were by authors associated with the authoritarian Corporatist State (1934-38), books by Jewish writers and by those who were politically ostracised. The National Socialist Teachers Association, headed by Karl Springenschmid, was responsible for organising this event. The books had been taken from libraries, books- shops and private homes. They were rounded up by members of the Hitler Youth and, on the evening of April 30th, thrown into the flames of a pyre that had been set up adjacent to the fountain on Residenzplatz. "Buchskelett" (book skeleton), a sculpture by Fatemeh Naderi and Florian Ziller that had been selected by the jury of an international competition held by the City of Salzburg, was unveiled on April 30, 2018. A glass-topped concrete cube partially embedded in the ground encloses a light-coloured space; seemingly afloat within it is the black steel skeleton of a book.

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Salzburg, Capuchin mountain and Altstadt. Jan 9, 2023

Salzburg, Austria is a beautiful city to visit during the winter months. The city is known for its well-preserved Baroque architecture and its association with the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the winter, the city is decorated with festive lights and decorations, creating a charming and picturesque atmosphere.

The winter season in Salzburg begins in December and lasts until February, and during this time the temperature can drop below freezing, so it is important to dress warmly. Snowfall is common during the winter months and can make the city even more picturesque. Some of the main attraction in the city such as the Hohensalzburg Castle, the Salzburg Cathedral and the Mirabell Palace are open to visitors during the winter and offer unique experiences with the snow and lighting.

Salzburg is also home to several outdoor ice skating rinks, which are a popular activity for both locals and tourists. The Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas market, is also a popular winter attraction in Salzburg. The market is held in the heart of the city and features a variety of vendors selling handmade crafts, gifts, and traditional food and drink. It's a great way to experience the local culture and tradition.

Overall, Salzburg in the winter is a magical and charming destination, perfect for those looking to experience the city's rich history, culture, and festive atmosphere.

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