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March 12, 2014 | Lecture & Display

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court, NW 20008 Washington DC USA (map)

PATENT OF NOBILITY | A historic document in the context of its century

The signed Patent of Nobility granted in 1668 by Emperor Ludwig I to Johann Braun von Braunthal was recently donated to the American-Austrian Cultural Society (AACS) by Mr. Stanley Farrar, a descendant of said grantee.   It will be displayed in the library of the Austrian Embassy, Washington during the evening; then the AACS will donate the document with its jeweled cross to the Austrian National Archive in Vienna.

Dr. Herbert Traxler, President of the AACS, will discuss the Patent of Nobility and its recipient in the context of his time, a century which suffered:

The Thirty-Years War (1618-1648), during which the land was devastated, one-third of the German-Austrian population was lost, and most of the survivors were destitute; Johann Braun received the Patent 20 years after his brave fighting throughout the Swedish siege and the indecisive Battle of Prague.

A terrible Black Plague epidemic in Vienna, which ended in 1679; Emperor Leopold I subsequently had a votive pillar erected, the famous “Pestsäule” which dominates the Graben in the center of Vienna.

The 2nd Turkish Siege of Vienna, when the Turkish army of 150,000 men and 300 cannons besieged the heavily fortified Vienna for 2 months, before an imperial army of 75,000 men and 150 cannons from all over Europe was able to drive off and pursue the Turks.

About the Speaker:

Herbert Traxler, a native of Vienna, was a member of the Wiener Saengerknaben (Vienna Boy's Choir) and a graduate of the Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien. After he received a Fulbright scholarship for a year's study of international affairs with Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center, Herbert studied and worked in Florida, where he earned a Ph.D. (Economics) from Florida State University (1978). Beginning in 1979, he worked for the US Public Health Service until his retirement.  He was President of the American-Austrian Society in 2000-2002, and is the current President of the American-Austrian Cultural Society.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 7:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court, NW, 20008 Washington DC
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