Wien [Vienna]: Publisher Unknown, 1904. Item #018943
12 unnumbered pages from the 25th anniversary in 1904 of the graduates from the class of 1879 at the Maria Abiturienten in Vienna. Of the twenty-two in the class, 17 of those who attended signed at the gedenblatt (the commemorative sheet). This institution was composed of those who had passed the abitur and would have entered one of the advanced academic or professional university programs. Each class member has provided a brief biography (10 of whom had earned doctorates and were leaders in Vienna). In 1989 a history of the institution's first 125 years was published. As Steven Biller notes in his major work Vienna and the Jews, 1870-1938, "there were eleven schools in Vienna's central districts" including The Sperlgymnasium and the Mariahilfergymnasium. For many of the schools the institutions records were lost in World War II. Insofor as records were available, the statistical data suggests 34 percent of the population the gymnasiums were Jewish. Of course, the disappearance of the Jewish population through leaving Austria or becoming victims of the Holocaust compounded with archives lost through bombings account for the problem. While the population of Mariahilf has declined from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it has become an upper class community known also for a gay and lesbian area. Hitler spent some time there in the period just after World War I which the town notes as a curiosity. Laid in the back is an unused postcard with the images of the same men identified on the front. Also laid in is a used postcard with a photograph of Lisa Sofer who was known in gymnastic competitions in the mid-1930's. No copies on OCLC or the KVK website.