Members of the Social-Democratic Youth Movement Marching Past the Opera House, Opernring, Vienna
© Photograph by Edith Tudor-Hart

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Members of the Social-Democratic Youth Movement Marching Past the Opera House, Opernring, Vienna Photographed about 1928
This is a very dynamic image showing members of the Social-Democratic Youth Movement marching in Vienna. In the wake of the First World War, the Austrian political parties had a youthful membership – it is estimated that up to sixty per cent of the Viennese Social Democrats were under forty years of age. The limits of teenagers’ political engagement was a particular source of controversy, with many arguing that the youth movement should be more educational than political. Memoirs of the period reveal that political identification was often fluid. A common joke amongst young activists was that you went to bed a Social Democrat and woke up a Communist!

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  • Acc. No. PGP 279.9B
  • Medium Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • Size 28.00 x 30.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004