Karl-Marx-Hof, Vienna
© Photograph by Edith Tudor-Hart

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Karl-Marx-Hof, Vienna Photographed about 1932
The Karl-Marx-Hof was a fortress-like housing estate built by the Social Democrats between 1927 and 1930. A kilometre in length, its huge walls contained nearly 1400 apartments for Viennese workers. In her photograph of the building Tudor-Hart summons both its strength and sense of modernity. However, the permanence evoked by the architecture soon proved to be more apparent than real. In February 1934, during the short-lived Austrian civil war, the building was shelled by Austro-fascist forces. Out-gunned, and concerned about women and children still in their homes, the Karl-Marx-Hof’s defenders surrendered. The first mass movement against European fascism was easily defeated and the Austrian Social Democrats were driven into illegality and exile.

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  • Acc. No. PGP 279.13B
  • Medium Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • Size 30.20 x 30.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004