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Arthur Fleischmann: travelling sculptor

Part 2: The Russian Church in Vienna

In the early 1930s my father Arthur Fleischmann was commuting back and forth between Vienna and his family home in Bratislava. He took rooms in a house on Favoritenstrasse near the Staats Opera in Vienna while he taught ceramics at the Viennese Womens' Art Academy. It was during this time that he completed the monumental terracotta crucifixion relief on the Russian Church in Wagramerstrasse that was commissioned as a memorial to the fallen Russian soldiers of the First World War. This church stands on a small traffic island surrounded by the imposing buildings of the Vienna International Centre complex of the United Nations. Somehow the Church and Fleischmann’s panel have survived the property development of modern Vienna.

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