One of the family sent a fascinating item from the BBC News today about how certain men who made their mark on the 20th Century all came to be in
at the same time
in 1913. The link to the story which is
short is: Vienna
This is the kind of thing to enjoy for those of a certain turn (or warp) of mind. Having already located Lenin and Henry Hook VC, a hero of the Battle of Rorkes Drift in the Zulu Wars at the same place at the same time in
(find in my search) there have been many other examples to enjoy. London
The BBC article names five people, Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Josip Tito, Sigmund Freud and Josef Stalin. To these might be added Nikolai Bukharin to make up the six needed for the comment below.
What is of interest is what they did in their spare time when not planning world domination or the overthrow of Empires and Capitalism or playing mind games. Might they all have attended a performance at the Vienna Opera at the same time? Perhaps huddled together up in “the gods” on the cheap benches.
Perhaps Wagners “Gotterdamerung”, the obvious one about the collapse of a civilisation into ruins? Perhaps, “Boris Gudunov” by Mussorgsky, about the usurpation of power and ruin of a Tsar? Perhaps “Don Carlos”, a complicated business of lust, power and disaster in
by Verdi? Perhaps “Elektra” by Richard
Strauss, which is ancient Greek incest, murder and the overthrow of power? Spain
If so, it would explain a great deal. But what if they had all joined the same local operetta and drama company for companionship, developing their presentation skills and learning how to put the plot and the tune across?
A famous work at the time was “Florodora” by Leslie Stuart (see Wikipedia) in which one of the favourite scenes is where six men in dress suits dance with six lovely ladies of the chorus in flowing gowns singing “Come tell me pretty maiden do, are there any more at home like you?”, both charming and a major hit of the day.
I like to think that if this had been the case Leslie Stuart himself might have been in the audience, possibly bringing a message from Alois in Liverpool to Adolf in
travels. Might he have seen this team of
chorus boys and girls and put them under contract for his next big production
on Broadway in Vienna ? New York
What if they had been a hit and gone on to the big time? Imagine the six of them bestriding the world of Vaudeville, Broadway and
. They might have gone on to change the world
of entertainment instead of the real world, although the one these days does
seem to have taken over the other. Hollywood
What could they have called themselves?
The Marxist Brothers?