Die Dachlandschaft der Hammerschmiede Decker in Scheutz, 1933 © Siegfried Groyss

A / NOE: Lichtenau im Wald- viertel: Topotheque online

In the southern Waldviertel, in the Krems district, the first commemorative objects from the market town of Lichtenau im Waldviertel have now become visible. The new Topotheque was opened to the public with a well-attended presentation in the elementary school hall, opened by Mayor Andreas Pichler, introduced by Topothequer Alexandra Hauer and accompanied by Alexander Schatek. Some time ago, Alexandra Hauer prepared a collection of newspaper articles for the time that lies before our memories, which take us into everyday life before 1900 and give an impression of the struggles of people. For example, the measles epidemics, some court rulings or a fatal accident involving a horse that strays can be read quickly. With the help of the audience, the accuracy of drawn postcards from 1930 was checked and it was determined that they were actually made with great precision – as with various details that have already disappeared and that can only be known to locals. The fact that told background information can fill a simple photo with new facets was shown by a still life with two dolls. It was given illuminating life by the owner‘s story: why was this photo taken in the first place? What significance did it have? At that time, the recording was a deliberate act because it involved costs. We learned that the dolls were intended as a gift from a relative for the children, but since the porcelain dolls were considered too valuable to be used as toys, the parents did not allow to play with the dolls. As a special feature – probably also because of the similarity of the material – they were put together in an arrangement next to a ceramic candlestick. Click through the new Topotheque in Lichtenau in the Waldviertel and you will discover that the forest and field work was not carried out with hot-blooded horses, but also with sometimes dangerous oxen – as a newspaper article reveals. You will notice that as a pupil in 1923 you went barefoot to shool. Or smile as a new employee of the municipal office around 1970 did his job with revolutionary clothing.